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 September 2019 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
New York 3.9% -0.1 +0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2019

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 475,330 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 368,668 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,311. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 375,979 -1,584 +7,311

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New York from 1990 to September 2019

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
October 2019 3.6%
September 2019 3.5% 3.9% 375,979
August 2019 3.7% 4.0% 377,563
July 2019 3.7% 4.0% 377,300
June 2019 3.7% 4.0% 379,199
May 2019 3.6% 4.0% 382,472
April 2019 3.6% 3.9% 378,371
March 2019 3.8% 3.9% 379,593
February 2019 3.8% 3.9% 377,240
January 2019 4.0% 3.9% 377,156
December 2018 3.9% 3.9% 372,701
November 2018 3.7% 3.9% 371,398