Department of Numbers

New York Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New York rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 8.9%. The state unemployment rate was 2.7 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in April 2020 at 16.2% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.7% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
New York 8.9% +0.1 +5.0

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

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New York peaked in April 2020 at 1,435,688. There are now 609,913 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 802,509 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 23,266. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 825,775 +10,318 +458,169

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New York from 1990 to February 2021

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 8.9% 825,775
January 2021 6.3% 8.8% 815,457
December 2020 6.7% 8.7% 805,934
November 2020 6.7% 8.7% 803,682
October 2020 6.9% 8.7% 802,509
September 2020 7.8% 10.0% 927,834
August 2020 8.4% 11.7% 1,098,608
July 2020 10.2% 14.7% 1,378,613
June 2020 11.1% 15.0% 1,396,046
May 2020 13.3% 15.7% 1,407,597
April 2020 14.8% 16.2% 1,435,688