Northern Economic Region Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2018

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Note: A change in the way labor force statistics are calculated for sub-state areas makes data prior to 2010 not comparable with later data.

                         
2018
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,777 10,958 10,937
Employment 9,511 9,611 9,654
Unemployment 1,266 1,347 1,283
Unemployment Rate 11.7% 12.3% 11.7%
                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,894 11,023 10,927 10,758 10,495 10,740 10,462 10,433 10,768 10,641 10,695 10,811 10,720
Employment 9,614 9,673 9,649 9,432 9,145 9,264 9,083 9,123 9,556 9,461 9,517 9,702 9,435
Unemployment 1,280 1,350 1,278 1,326 1,350 1,476 1,379 1,310 1,212 1,180 1,178 1,109 1,285
Unemployment Rate 11.7% 12.2% 11.7% 12.3% 12.9% 13.7% 13.2% 12.6% 11.3% 11.1% 11.0% 10.3% 12.0%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,423 11,338 11,446 11,124 11,073 10,971 10,498 10,545 10,781 11,025 11,003 11,130 11,030
Employment 10,226 10,070 10,179 9,837 9,729 9,497 9,158 9,259 9,604 9,776 9,793 9,945 9,756
Unemployment 1,197 1,268 1,267 1,287 1,344 1,474 1,340 1,286 1,177 1,249 1,210 1,185 1,274
Unemployment Rate 10.5% 11.2% 11.1% 11.6% 12.1% 13.4% 12.8% 12.2% 10.9% 11.3% 11.0% 10.6% 11.6%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,358 11,533 11,595 11,272 11,271 11,382 11,199 11,320 11,168 11,237 11,298 11,179 11,318
Employment 10,145 10,219 10,320 10,005 9,988 10,040 9,940 10,196 10,042 10,166 10,192 10,121 10,114
Unemployment 1,213 1,314 1,275 1,267 1,283 1,342 1,259 1,124 1,126 1,071 1,106 1,058 1,204
Unemployment Rate 10.7% 11.4% 11.0% 11.2% 11.4% 11.8% 11.2% 9.9% 10.1% 9.5% 9.8% 9.5% 10.6%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,314 11,436 11,489 11,522 11,415 11,520 11,460 11,442 11,419 11,591 11,678 11,593 11,492
Employment 9,956 10,010 10,103 10,173 10,051 10,096 10,129 10,244 10,207 10,472 10,568 10,514 10,211
Unemployment 1,358 1,426 1,386 1,349 1,364 1,424 1,331 1,198 1,212 1,119 1,110 1,079 1,281
Unemployment Rate 12.0% 12.5% 12.1% 11.7% 11.9% 12.4% 11.6% 10.5% 10.6% 9.7% 9.5% 9.3% 11.1%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,999 11,086 11,248 11,157 11,183 11,285 11,222 11,215 11,389 11,595 11,517 11,473 11,282
Employment 9,704 9,677 9,900 9,867 9,848 9,864 9,928 9,976 10,086 10,321 10,202 10,226 9,967
Unemployment 1,295 1,409 1,348 1,290 1,335 1,421 1,294 1,239 1,303 1,274 1,315 1,247 1,315
Unemployment Rate 11.8% 12.7% 12.0% 11.6% 11.9% 12.6% 11.5% 11.0% 11.4% 11.0% 11.4% 10.9% 11.7%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,206 11,343 11,362 11,183 11,179 11,258 11,132 11,079 11,197 11,337 11,312 11,236 11,236
Employment 9,885 9,975 9,986 9,887 9,862 9,859 9,861 9,878 9,966 10,155 10,131 10,054 9,959
Unemployment 1,321 1,368 1,376 1,296 1,317 1,399 1,271 1,201 1,231 1,182 1,181 1,182 1,277
Unemployment Rate 11.8% 12.1% 12.1% 11.6% 11.8% 12.4% 11.4% 10.8% 11.0% 10.4% 10.4% 10.5% 11.4%
                         
2011
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,107 11,161 11,197 11,160 11,037 11,204 10,940 10,981 11,047 11,139 11,044 11,257 11,107
Employment 9,843 9,811 9,888 9,880 9,786 9,822 9,641 9,759 9,808 9,903 9,813 10,031 9,833
Unemployment 1,264 1,350 1,309 1,280 1,251 1,382 1,299 1,222 1,239 1,236 1,231 1,226 1,274
Unemployment Rate 11.4% 12.1% 11.7% 11.5% 11.3% 12.3% 11.9% 11.1% 11.2% 11.1% 11.1% 10.9% 11.5%
                         
2010
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,862 10,981 11,022 11,008 10,983 10,978 10,810 10,949 11,017 11,290 11,299 11,231 11,036
Employment 9,675 9,680 9,730 9,748 9,700 9,601 9,540 9,758 9,854 10,139 10,138 10,093 9,804
Unemployment 1,187 1,301 1,292 1,260 1,283 1,377 1,270 1,191 1,163 1,151 1,161 1,138 1,232
Unemployment Rate 10.9% 11.8% 11.7% 11.4% 11.7% 12.5% 11.7% 10.9% 10.6% 10.2% 10.3% 10.1% 11.2%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 12,577 12,526 12,443 12,302 12,157 12,167 12,040 12,005 11,877 12,331 12,370 12,320 12,260
Employment 11,602 11,458 11,367 11,211 11,040 11,000 10,939 10,942 10,830 11,283 11,309 11,305 11,190
Unemployment 975 1,068 1,076 1,091 1,117 1,167 1,101 1,063 1,047 1,048 1,061 1,015 1,070
Unemployment Rate 7.8% 8.5% 8.6% 8.9% 9.2% 9.6% 9.1% 8.9% 8.8% 8.5% 8.6% 8.2% 8.7%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 12,123 12,152 12,170 11,894 11,784 11,946 11,764 12,064 11,939 12,483 12,499 12,587 12,118
Employment 11,129 11,083 11,126 10,876 10,744 10,838 10,724 11,124 11,012 11,627 11,646 11,754 11,141
Unemployment 994 1,069 1,044 1,018 1,040 1,108 1,040 940 927 856 853 833 977
Unemployment Rate 8.2% 8.8% 8.6% 8.6% 8.8% 9.3% 8.8% 7.8% 7.8% 6.9% 6.8% 6.6% 8.1%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,444 11,462 11,464 11,256 11,181 11,100 11,004 11,217 11,405 11,921 11,932 11,857 11,436
Employment 10,454 10,443 10,473 10,274 10,116 9,979 9,940 10,254 10,459 10,938 10,977 10,982 10,440
Unemployment 990 1,019 991 982 1,065 1,121 1,064 963 946 983 955 875 996
Unemployment Rate 8.7% 8.9% 8.6% 8.7% 9.5% 10.1% 9.7% 8.6% 8.3% 8.2% 8.0% 7.4% 8.7%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,920 10,914 10,942 10,863 10,833 10,897 10,732 10,912 11,013 11,286 11,341 11,395 11,004
Employment 9,750 9,713 9,787 9,747 9,700 9,667 9,618 9,883 10,007 10,259 10,340 10,491 9,914
Unemployment 1,170 1,201 1,155 1,116 1,133 1,230 1,114 1,029 1,006 1,027 1,001 904 1,090
Unemployment Rate 10.7% 11.0% 10.6% 10.3% 10.5% 11.3% 10.4% 9.4% 9.1% 9.1% 8.8% 7.9% 9.9%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,839 10,791 10,805 10,713 10,630 10,748 10,468 10,451 10,579 11,087 11,009 11,005 10,760
Employment 9,629 9,541 9,592 9,536 9,404 9,421 9,267 9,313 9,422 9,905 9,887 9,906 9,568
Unemployment 1,210 1,250 1,213 1,177 1,226 1,327 1,201 1,138 1,157 1,182 1,122 1,099 1,192
Unemployment Rate 11.2% 11.6% 11.2% 11.0% 11.5% 12.3% 11.5% 10.9% 10.9% 10.7% 10.2% 10.0% 11.1%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,640 10,597 10,616 10,559 10,360 10,339 10,206 10,071 10,197 10,678 10,685 10,844 10,483
Employment 9,374 9,291 9,319 9,331 9,103 8,971 8,962 8,933 9,033 9,513 9,574 9,769 9,265
Unemployment 1,266 1,306 1,297 1,228 1,257 1,368 1,244 1,138 1,164 1,165 1,111 1,075 1,218
Unemployment Rate 11.9% 12.3% 12.2% 11.6% 12.1% 13.2% 12.2% 11.3% 11.4% 10.9% 10.4% 9.9% 11.6%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,801 10,696 10,765 10,750 10,683 10,196 10,261 10,386 10,426 10,751 10,645 10,758 10,593
Employment 9,694 9,530 9,588 9,552 9,440 8,899 8,974 9,154 9,204 9,539 9,468 9,612 9,388
Unemployment 1,107 1,166 1,177 1,198 1,243 1,297 1,287 1,232 1,222 1,212 1,177 1,146 1,205
Unemployment Rate 10.2% 10.9% 10.9% 11.1% 11.6% 12.7% 12.5% 11.9% 11.7% 11.3% 11.1% 10.7% 11.4%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,717 10,787 11,144 10,586 10,563 10,336 10,827 10,706 10,530 10,707 10,676 10,650 10,686
Employment 9,736 9,747 10,025 9,499 9,422 9,163 9,708 9,665 9,468 9,662 9,673 9,674 9,620
Unemployment 981 1,040 1,119 1,087 1,141 1,173 1,119 1,041 1,062 1,045 1,003 976 1,066
Unemployment Rate 9.2% 9.6% 10.0% 10.3% 10.8% 11.3% 10.3% 9.7% 10.1% 9.8% 9.4% 9.2% 10.0%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,320 10,617 10,643 10,431 10,405 10,151 10,148 10,441 10,373 10,682 10,556 10,394 10,430
Employment 9,362 9,610 9,676 9,456 9,343 9,035 9,157 9,552 9,480 9,841 9,700 9,564 9,481
Unemployment 958 1,007 967 975 1,062 1,116 991 889 893 841 856 830 949
Unemployment Rate 9.3% 9.5% 9.1% 9.3% 10.2% 11.0% 9.8% 8.5% 8.6% 7.9% 8.1% 8.0% 9.1%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 9,927 9,968 9,985 9,877 9,983 9,876 9,889 10,044 10,212 10,282 10,286 10,301 10,053
Employment 9,088 9,055 9,095 8,983 9,007 8,818 8,928 9,100 9,260 9,422 9,421 9,461 9,137
Unemployment 839 913 890 894 976 1,058 961 944 952 860 865 840 916
Unemployment Rate 8.5% 9.2% 8.9% 9.1% 9.8% 10.7% 9.7% 9.4% 9.3% 8.4% 8.4% 8.2% 9.1%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,767 8,846 8,835 8,637 8,323 8,217 8,172 7,850 7,921 7,983 8,028 8,200 8,315
Employment 7,898 7,950 7,959 7,733 7,324 7,087 7,135 6,961 7,058 7,199 7,201 7,440 7,412
Unemployment 869 896 876 904 999 1,130 1,037 889 863 784 827 760 903
Unemployment Rate 9.9% 10.1% 9.9% 10.5% 12.0% 13.8% 12.7% 11.3% 10.9% 9.8% 10.3% 9.3% 10.9%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 9,012 9,056 8,957 8,987 8,739 8,884 8,885 8,817 8,838 8,914 8,876 9,002 8,915
Employment 8,360 8,325 8,245 8,254 7,895 7,910 8,017 8,001 8,013 8,180 8,093 8,237 8,128
Unemployment 652 731 712 733 844 974 868 816 825 734 783 765 787
Unemployment Rate 7.2% 8.1% 7.9% 8.2% 9.7% 11.0% 9.8% 9.3% 9.3% 8.2% 8.8% 8.5% 8.8%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,736 8,706 8,752 8,579 8,646 8,784 8,916 8,712 8,788 8,826 8,596 8,917 8,746
Employment 7,948 7,826 7,839 7,676 7,666 7,724 7,912 7,866 7,967 8,143 7,993 8,345 7,909
Unemployment 788 880 913 903 980 1,060 1,004 846 821 683 603 572 837
Unemployment Rate 9.0% 10.1% 10.4% 10.5% 11.3% 12.1% 11.3% 9.7% 9.3% 7.7% 7.0% 6.4% 9.6%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,960 9,243 9,330 9,124 8,901 8,942 9,081 8,698 8,663 8,694 8,585 8,811 8,919
Employment 8,003 8,087 8,256 8,008 7,649 7,666 7,967 7,833 7,768 7,930 7,904 8,077 7,929
Unemployment 957 1,156 1,074 1,116 1,252 1,276 1,114 865 895 764 681 734 990
Unemployment Rate 10.7% 12.5% 11.5% 12.2% 14.1% 14.3% 12.3% 9.9% 10.3% 8.8% 7.9% 8.3% 11.1%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,849 8,896 8,818 8,481 8,510 8,933 8,800 8,659 8,707 8,894 8,931 9,013 8,792
Employment 7,925 7,910 7,912 7,645 7,569 7,799 7,778 7,770 7,853 8,059 8,076 8,186 7,874
Unemployment 924 986 906 836 941 1,134 1,022 889 854 835 855 827 918
Unemployment Rate 10.4% 11.1% 10.3% 9.9% 11.1% 12.7% 11.6% 10.3% 9.8% 9.4% 9.6% 9.2% 10.4%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,985 8,991 9,088 8,810 8,743 9,009 8,901 8,856 8,906 8,958 8,910 8,984 8,929
Employment 8,125 8,053 8,134 7,867 7,805 7,984 7,993 8,003 8,090 8,136 8,130 8,219 8,045
Unemployment 860 938 954 943 938 1,025 908 853 816 822 780 765 884
Unemployment Rate 9.6% 10.4% 10.5% 10.7% 10.7% 11.4% 10.2% 9.6% 9.2% 9.2% 8.8% 8.5% 9.9%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,226 8,586 8,641 8,439 8,370 8,786 8,430 8,349 8,171 8,465 8,493 8,475 8,452
Employment 7,419 7,672 7,726 7,513 7,372 7,631 7,507 7,454 7,341 7,650 7,718 7,738 7,562
Unemployment 807 914 915 926 998 1,155 923 895 830 815 775 737 890
Unemployment Rate 9.8% 10.6% 10.6% 11.0% 11.9% 13.1% 10.9% 10.7% 10.2% 9.6% 9.1% 8.7% 10.5%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,157 8,162 8,188 8,147 8,076 8,201 8,154 8,087 7,926 8,277 8,385 8,424 8,182
Employment 7,197 7,166 7,260 7,153 7,019 7,015 7,126 7,168 7,028 7,430 7,545 7,592 7,225
Unemployment 960 996 928 994 1,057 1,186 1,028 919 898 847 840 832 957
Unemployment Rate 11.8% 12.2% 11.3% 12.2% 13.1% 14.5% 12.6% 11.4% 11.3% 10.2% 10.0% 9.9% 11.7%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,170 8,360 8,423 8,473 8,570 8,702 8,402 8,307 8,310 8,337 8,184 8,216 8,372
Employment 7,531 7,620 7,682 7,685 7,700 7,665 7,421 7,470 7,425 7,452 7,391 7,352 7,533
Unemployment 639 740 741 788 870 1,037 981 837 885 885 793 864 839
Unemployment Rate 7.8% 8.9% 8.8% 9.3% 10.2% 11.9% 11.7% 10.1% 10.6% 10.6% 9.7% 10.5% 10.0%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 7,550 7,585 7,641 7,724 8,055 8,644 8,395 8,452 8,186 8,202 8,072 8,193 8,059
Employment 6,821 6,904 6,916 6,942 7,154 7,721 7,624 7,761 7,559 7,641 7,559 7,639 7,354
Unemployment 729 681 725 782 901 923 771 691 627 561 513 554 705
Unemployment Rate 9.7% 9.0% 9.5% 10.1% 11.2% 10.7% 9.2% 8.2% 7.7% 6.8% 6.4% 6.8% 8.7%

A change in the way the labor force statistics are calculated for boroughs and census areas makes data prior to 2000 not comparable with later data.

Definitions:

  • Labor Force: Includes all of the civilian noninstitutional population classified as employed or unemployed. (See the definitions below.)
  • Employed: During the reference week (the week including the 12th day of the month), includes those who (a) worked as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of their family; or (b) were not working but who had jobs from which they were temporarily absent because of vacation, illness, bad weather, child care problems, family leave, labor-management dispute job training, or other family or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were seeking other jobs. Each employed person was counted only once, even if that person held more than one job.
  • Unemployed: Includes all who were not employed during the reference week but were available for work except for temporary illness, and had tried to find employment some time during the four-week period ending with the reference week. Those who were not looking for work but were waiting to be called back to a job from which they had been laid off also qualified as unemployed.
  • Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed as a percent of the labor force.