Department of Numbers

New York Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in April 2020 at 15.3% and is now 0.8 percentage points lower. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
New York 14.5% -0.8 +10.5

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

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New York peaked in April 2020 at 1,392,274. There are now 76,279 fewer people unemployed in the state. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 1,315,995 -76,279 +939,048

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New York from 1990 to May 2020

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
June 2020 11.1%
May 2020 13.3% 14.5% 1,315,995
April 2020 14.7% 15.3% 1,392,274
March 2020 4.4% 4.1% 388,738
February 2020 3.5% 3.7% 354,066
January 2020 3.6% 3.8% 364,511
December 2019 3.5% 3.9% 371,454
November 2019 3.5% 3.9% 371,213
October 2019 3.6% 3.9% 371,247
September 2019 3.5% 3.9% 371,583
August 2019 3.7% 3.9% 372,324
July 2019 3.7% 3.9% 373,266