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New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New York rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2020 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in November 2009 at 9.3% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in February 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare New York unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
New York 4.1% +0.4 +0.1
New York 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April 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 December 2009 at 906,811. There are now 547,610 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 353,533 in February 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,668. New York employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New York, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 359,201 +5,668 -14,610

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
April
2020
14.7% 14.5%
March
2020
4.4% 4.1% 3.6% 359,201
February
2020
3.5% 3.7% 3.5% 353,533
January
2020
3.6% 3.8% 3.6% 360,683
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.7% 367,719
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.7% 366,029
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.7% 364,375
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.6% 362,342
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.6% 359,990
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.6% 357,893
June
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.6% 357,388
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.6% 360,353

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.