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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 July 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 3.7% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare New York unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
New York 4.0% 0.0 0.0
New York 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 December 2009 at 906,811. There are now 543,310 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 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 363,501 -7,632 -23,249

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
2019
3.7%
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.7% 363,501
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
January
2019
4.0% 3.9% 3.9% 385,378
December
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.8% 380,687
November
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.8% 379,738
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 3.8% 377,921
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.8% 378,456

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.