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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 January 2019 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in October 2009 at 9.3% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in November 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare New York unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
New York 3.9% 0.0 -0.6
New York 4.0% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2019 data as February 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 January 2010 at 905,101. There are now 501,142 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 364,906 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 39,053. New York employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New York, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 403,959 +12,653 -29,796

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
February
2019
3.8% 3.9%
January
2019
4.0% 3.9% 4.0% 403,959
December
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.9% 391,306
November
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.6% 364,906
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 3.8% 379,965
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.9% 397,057
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 4.0% 402,042
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.0% 402,907
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.0% 406,526
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.9% 391,036
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.4% 440,635
March
2018
4.0% 4.4% 4.3% 433,778

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.