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Mid-Atlantic State Unemployment Rates, October 2007-2017

While the national unemployment rate goes up in down, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania have a somewhat more stable unemployment rate then the national average. Pennsylvania has the most stable employment base, while New York is in the middle, and New Jersey has the greatest variability in it's unemployment rate. While the national unemployment rate has ticked down over the past year, New York and New Jersey have seen increasing unemployment.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. https://fred.stlouisfed.org/graph/?g=gzYk

Map: New York State Manufacturing Employee Salary

Map: New York State Manufacturing Employee Salary

While manufacturing jobs generally pay better then the median income in most regions of state, some locations, especially those with high-tech manufacturing, have jobs that pay much better then other counties.

Data Source: NYS Department of Labor. Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Annual Data: Beginning 2000. https://data.ny.gov/Economic-Development/Quarterly-Census-of-Employment-and-Wages-Annual-Da/shc7-xcbw

Total Non-Farms Jobs in New York State, 1939-2017

In August 2017 there were 9,577,100 non-farm jobs in New York, a record for jobs in the history of New York State. There was a slight decline in jobs in September, but still we are in record breaking territory for the most people ever employed in our state. It's a much a different story then the 1970s in New York State when our state was not only losing population, it was also losing jobs. August 1969 had 7,280,700 jobs in New York, a number that wouldn't be exceeded until May 1981 with 7,285,200 jobs.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, All Employees: Total Nonfarm in New York [NYNAN], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/NYNAN, October 10, 2017.

Google Maps: August 2017 Unemployment Rate In NY State

This interactive map shows the 160 communities where Local Area Unemployment Statistics are generated. All 62 counties in New York have an unemployment rate calculated monthly, along with the 98 cities, towns, and villages with a population greater then 25,000. You can zoom in into see individual villages and cities. Click to see one year of unemployment data. Monthly numbers are not seasonally adjusted, and in some regions of the state unemployment rises during certain periods of the year. You should only compare like months (e.g. August 2017 vs Augsut 2016). You can download the data going back to 1970s here: https://www.labor.ny.gov/stats/LSLAUS

Map: August 2017 Unemployment Rate

Map: August 2017 Unemployment Rate

This map shows the 160 communities where Local Area Unemployment Statistics are generated. All 62 counties in New York have an unemployment rate calculated monthly, along with the 98 cities, towns, and villages with a population greater then 25,000. Monthly numbers are not seasonally adjusted, and in some regions of the state unemployment rises during certain periods of the year. You should only compare like months (e.g. August 2017 vs Augsut 2016). You can download the data going back to 1970s here: https://www.labor.ny.gov/stats/LSLAUS

Employment Types by NYS Region

This graph shows the sectors of the economy that are largest in each region of the state. One limitation of this data is it only includes employers that pay into the Unemployment Insurance system -- so family-owned business like farms or logging businesses often aren't shown in this data. But it gives you an idea where the jobs are -- government work is especially important in the Mohawk Valley and North Country.

Data Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Annual Data. https://data.ny.gov/Economic-Development/Quarterly-Census-of-Employment-and-Wages-Annual-Da/shc7-xcbw/data

Labor Force Participation Rate, August 1997-2017

In the past two years, the civilian labor force participation rate has increased somewhat, even if unemployment drops have slowed. Demographic changes make it unlikely that we will ever see the civilian labor force rate increase much over the next few years, but sometimes long-term trends do change.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate [CIVPART], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/CIVPART, September 1, 2017.

Monthly Job Creation, July 2012-2017

The president has been talking a lot about how strong the economy is lately. Which there is a lot of truth to that. But based on the revised job creation numbers, we are seeing somewhat of a slowing of job creation over the first six months of the year, compared to mid-2015 with the revised numbers. Then again, a slowing of job creation is expected, due to the economy reaches full employment -- it's harder to create jobs when there is less of a labor force looking for jobs.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, All Employees: Total Nonfarm Payrolls [PAYEMS], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/PAYEMS, August 4, 2017.

All Employees: Total Nonfarm in New York

December 2016 marked the greatest number of jobs ever recorded in New York State - 9.4 million. It's a significant increase in the number of jobs since the start of this graph going back to 1990 when there were only 8.2 million jobs, and when in the 1990 recession, the job count dipped down to 7.7 million. Our state has been gaining population in the past twenty five years, but we've also creating a lot of new jobs.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, All Employees: Total Nonfarm in New York [NYNA], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/NYNA, February 22, 2017.