Department of Numbers

New York Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2018 to 4.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in November 2009 at 8.9% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
New York 4.2% -0.1 -0.5

Note: All comparisons are made with August data as September state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New York peaked in January 2010 at 851,309. There are now 442,367 fewer people unemployed in the state. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 408,942 -10,556 -52,099

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New York from 1990 to August 2018

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
September 2018 3.7%
August 2018 3.9% 4.2% 408,942
July 2018 3.9% 4.3% 419,498
June 2018 4.0% 4.5% 430,440
May 2018 3.8% 4.5% 437,529
April 2018 3.9% 4.6% 448,681
March 2018 4.1% 4.6% 448,950
February 2018 4.1% 4.6% 449,887
January 2018 4.1% 4.7% 452,409
December 2017 4.1% 4.7% 454,939
November 2017 4.1% 4.7% 455,011
October 2017 4.1% 4.7% 456,122