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Unemployment - Resident Civilian

Data Provider: NYS Department of Labor


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Civilian unemployment is defined as individuals 16 years of age and older who were not employed but were able, available and actively looking for work during the week including the 12th of the month. Individuals who were waiting to be recalled from a layoff and individuals waiting to report to a new job within 30 days were also considered unemployed.

All data are rounded to 100. Rates were calculated using unrounded data.

The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed individuals per 100 persons in the labor force (the sum of employed and unemployed). Rates represent the annual average.


The rate of unemployment in an area is one indication of the state of the economy of that area and the opportunities for gainful employment.


  • In 2020, the annual average unemployment of the New York State resident civilian labor force was approximately 928,200 or 10.0 percent. In New York City, the unemployment rate was 12.3 percent with 480,900 unemployed, and the balance of the state had a rate of 8.3 percent with 447,200 unemployed.

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