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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 February 2021 to 9.0%. 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 June 2020 at 17.2% and is now 8.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.4% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare New York unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
New York 8.9% +0.1 +5.0
New York 9.0% +0.1 +5.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 June 2020 at 1,689,025. There are now 824,071 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 800,642 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 64,312. New York employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New York, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 864,954 +14,064 +511,421

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
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.9% 9.0% 864,954
January
2021
6.3% 8.8% 8.9% 850,890
December
2020
6.7% 8.7% 8.4% 800,642
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 9.5% 913,304
October
2020
6.9% 8.7% 9.5% 904,301
September
2020
7.8% 10.0% 9.5% 903,246
August
2020
8.4% 11.7% 12.9% 1,280,876
July
2020
10.2% 14.7% 16.3% 1,628,296
June
2020
11.1% 15.0% 17.2% 1,689,025
May
2020
13.3% 15.7% 15.7% 1,486,816
April
2020
14.8% 16.2% 15.8% 1,492,869

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.