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New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2019 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in November 2009 at 9.3% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in August 2019, 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 December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% 0.0 -0.4
New York 4.0% 0.0 +0.1
New York 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2019 data as January 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 538,433 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 358,731 in September 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9,647. New York employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New York, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 368,378 +1,800 -12,309

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
January
2020
3.6%
December
2019
3.5% 4.0% 3.7% 368,378
November
2019
3.5% 4.0% 3.7% 366,578
October
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.7% 363,361
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.6% 358,731
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.6% 361,018
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.7% 363,004
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.7% 371,133
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.8% 380,541
April
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.8% 382,982
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.9% 388,106
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.9% 387,149

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.