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New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2018 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in October 2009 at 9.3% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in May 2018, 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 September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% -0.2 -0.5
New York 4.1% -0.1 -0.6
New York 3.9% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2018 data as October 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 507,345 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 391,036 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,720. New York employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New York, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 397,756 -4,286 -65,466

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
October
2018
3.7% 4.0%
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.9% 397,756
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.0% 402,042
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.0% 402,907
June
2018
4.0% 4.5% 4.0% 406,526
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 3.9% 391,036
April
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.4% 440,635
March
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.3% 433,778
February
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.2% 428,292
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.3% 433,755
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.4% 442,356
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.4% 446,369

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.