Department of Numbers

New York Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2021 to 6.6%. The state unemployment rate was 2.4 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 9.6 percentage points lower. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
New York 6.6% -0.3 -2.1

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

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 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 821,363 fewer people unemployed in the state. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 614,325 -24,709 -189,357

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
December 2021 3.9%
November 2021 4.2% 6.6% 614,325
October 2021 4.6% 6.9% 639,034
September 2021 4.7% 7.1% 663,209
August 2021 5.2% 7.4% 690,745
July 2021 5.4% 7.6% 707,957
June 2021 5.9% 7.7% 725,706
May 2021 5.8% 7.8% 738,502
April 2021 6.0% 8.2% 774,931
March 2021 6.0% 8.4% 804,285
February 2021 6.2% 8.9% 825,965
January 2021 6.4% 8.8% 815,457