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New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 8.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in May 2020 at 17.2% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare New York unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
New York 7.6% -0.1 -7.1
New York 8.2% -0.2 -7.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: New York, New York, National

New York, New York monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

New York, New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New York peaked in May 2020 at 1,619,281. There are now 820,639 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. New York employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New York, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 798,642 -24,586 -700,785

Number of Unemployed Persons

New York, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 8.2% 798,642
June
2021
5.9% 7.7% 8.4% 823,228
May
2021
5.8% 7.8% 8.6% 846,692
April
2021
6.1% 8.2% 8.9% 878,796
March
2021
6.0% 8.4% 9.1% 900,570
February
2021
6.2% 8.9% 9.5% 922,254
January
2021
6.3% 8.8% 9.7% 939,405
December
2020
6.7% 8.7% 9.3% 895,461
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 10.0% 971,392
October
2020
6.9% 8.7% 8.9% 850,956
September
2020
7.8% 10.0% 10.3% 1,005,611

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.