Department of Numbers

New York Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2021 to 8.2%. The state unemployment rate was 2.1 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 8.0 percentage points lower. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
New York 8.2% -0.2 -8.0

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

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 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 657,299 fewer people unemployed in the state. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 778,389 -25,896 -657,299

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
May 2021 5.8%
April 2021 6.1% 8.2% 778,389
March 2021 6.0% 8.4% 804,285
February 2021 6.2% 8.9% 825,965
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