Northern Economic Region Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2017

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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.

                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,519 10,377 10,351 10,351 10,737 10,297 10,213 10,010 10,168 10,306
Employment 9,341 9,107 9,142 9,067 9,454 8,867 8,844 8,706 8,968 9,145
Unemployment 1,178 1,270 1,209 1,284 1,283 1,430 1,369 1,304 1,200 1,161
Unemployment Rate 11.2% 12.2% 11.7% 12.4% 11.9% 13.8% 13.4% 13.0% 11.8% 11.3%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,383 11,294 11,382 10,994 10,955 10,929 10,573 10,591 10,675 10,450 10,430 10,458 10,844
Employment 10,214 10,059 10,162 9,760 9,668 9,516 9,300 9,370 9,566 9,286 9,320 9,372 9,633
Unemployment 1,169 1,235 1,220 1,234 1,287 1,413 1,273 1,221 1,109 1,164 1,110 1,086 1,211
Unemployment Rate 10.3% 10.9% 10.7% 11.2% 11.7% 12.9% 12.0% 11.5% 10.4% 11.1% 10.6% 10.4% 11.2%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,338 11,496 11,547 11,217 11,227 11,345 11,151 11,278 11,124 11,194 11,234 11,128 11,274
Employment 10,132 10,197 10,294 9,976 9,967 10,021 9,912 10,166 10,015 10,143 10,159 10,097 10,090
Unemployment 1,206 1,299 1,253 1,241 1,260 1,324 1,239 1,112 1,109 1,051 1,075 1,031 1,184
Unemployment Rate 10.6% 11.3% 10.9% 11.1% 11.2% 11.7% 11.1% 9.9% 10.0% 9.4% 9.6% 9.3% 10.5%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,335 11,444 11,486 11,513 11,405 11,540 11,461 11,458 11,415 11,604 11,659 11,597 11,493
Employment 9,975 10,022 10,115 10,177 10,062 10,106 10,140 10,244 10,204 10,480 10,565 10,511 10,217
Unemployment 1,360 1,422 1,371 1,336 1,343 1,434 1,321 1,214 1,211 1,124 1,094 1,086 1,276
Unemployment Rate 12.0% 12.4% 11.9% 11.6% 11.8% 12.4% 11.5% 10.6% 10.6% 9.7% 9.4% 9.4% 11.1%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,005 11,071 11,219 11,127 11,154 11,285 11,210 11,219 11,380 11,603 11,500 11,489 11,272
Employment 9,716 9,680 9,900 9,861 9,851 9,867 9,935 9,976 10,089 10,332 10,207 10,238 9,971
Unemployment 1,289 1,391 1,319 1,266 1,303 1,418 1,275 1,243 1,291 1,271 1,293 1,251 1,301
Unemployment Rate 11.7% 12.6% 11.8% 11.4% 11.7% 12.6% 11.4% 11.1% 11.3% 11.0% 11.2% 10.9% 11.5%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,216 11,354 11,368 11,188 11,174 11,273 11,131 11,088 11,196 11,347 11,308 11,246 11,241
Employment 9,890 9,983 9,993 9,890 9,866 9,862 9,864 9,880 9,968 10,162 10,134 10,055 9,963
Unemployment 1,326 1,371 1,375 1,298 1,308 1,411 1,267 1,208 1,228 1,185 1,174 1,191 1,278
Unemployment Rate 11.8% 12.1% 12.1% 11.6% 11.7% 12.5% 11.4% 10.9% 11.0% 10.4% 10.4% 10.6% 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 10,814 10,927 10,969 10,966 10,956 10,940 10,769 10,907 10,980 11,252 11,267 11,207 10,997
Employment 9,627 9,626 9,677 9,706 9,673 9,563 9,499 9,716 9,817 10,101 10,106 10,069 9,765
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 11.0% 11.9% 11.8% 11.5% 11.7% 12.6% 11.8% 10.9% 10.6% 10.2% 10.3% 10.2% 11.2%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 12,549 12,492 12,381 12,256 12,090 12,127 11,975 11,956 11,863 12,301 12,328 12,286 12,218
Employment 11,576 11,437 11,316 11,201 11,011 10,946 10,872 10,884 10,808 11,250 11,302 11,247 11,155
Unemployment 973 1,055 1,065 1,055 1,079 1,181 1,103 1,072 1,055 1,051 1,026 1,039 1,063
Unemployment Rate 7.8% 8.4% 8.6% 8.6% 8.9% 9.7% 9.2% 9.0% 8.9% 8.5% 8.3% 8.5% 8.7%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 12,179 12,134 12,174 11,875 11,722 11,902 11,707 12,022 11,925 12,490 12,493 12,590 12,103
Employment 11,211 11,133 11,169 10,940 10,742 10,835 10,704 11,091 11,030 11,687 11,688 11,763 11,167
Unemployment 968 1,001 1,005 935 980 1,067 1,003 931 895 803 805 827 936
Unemployment Rate 7.9% 8.2% 8.3% 7.9% 8.4% 9.0% 8.6% 7.7% 7.5% 6.4% 6.4% 6.6% 7.7%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,499 11,479 11,466 11,250 11,110 11,064 10,966 11,182 11,453 11,936 11,986 11,945 11,445
Employment 10,521 10,493 10,527 10,311 10,136 9,998 9,947 10,235 10,523 11,007 11,082 11,065 10,487
Unemployment 978 986 939 939 974 1,066 1,019 947 930 929 904 880 958
Unemployment Rate 8.5% 8.6% 8.2% 8.3% 8.8% 9.6% 9.3% 8.5% 8.1% 7.8% 7.5% 7.4% 8.4%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,906 10,939 10,900 10,831 10,731 10,768 10,652 10,876 10,989 11,270 11,348 11,462 10,973
Employment 9,761 9,713 9,760 9,719 9,644 9,574 9,547 9,843 9,988 10,311 10,391 10,574 9,902
Unemployment 1,145 1,226 1,140 1,112 1,087 1,194 1,105 1,033 1,001 959 957 888 1,071
Unemployment Rate 10.5% 11.2% 10.5% 10.3% 10.1% 11.1% 10.4% 9.5% 9.1% 8.5% 8.4% 7.7% 9.8%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,853 10,822 10,769 10,704 10,552 10,686 10,393 10,413 10,622 11,098 11,047 11,059 10,751
Employment 9,650 9,541 9,575 9,523 9,382 9,389 9,217 9,278 9,422 9,935 9,903 9,936 9,562
Unemployment 1,203 1,281 1,194 1,181 1,170 1,297 1,176 1,135 1,200 1,163 1,144 1,123 1,189
Unemployment Rate 11.1% 11.8% 11.1% 11.0% 11.1% 12.1% 11.3% 10.9% 11.3% 10.5% 10.4% 10.2% 11.1%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,806 10,762 10,763 10,699 10,439 10,428 10,258 10,158 10,255 10,699 10,735 10,916 10,577
Employment 9,534 9,459 9,456 9,455 9,213 9,047 9,014 8,995 9,091 9,571 9,643 9,818 9,358
Unemployment 1,272 1,303 1,307 1,244 1,226 1,381 1,244 1,163 1,164 1,128 1,092 1,098 1,219
Unemployment Rate 11.8% 12.1% 12.1% 11.6% 11.7% 13.2% 12.1% 11.4% 11.4% 10.5% 10.2% 10.1% 11.5%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,956 10,851 10,883 10,924 10,785 10,370 10,353 10,548 10,586 10,875 10,824 10,946 10,742
Employment 9,849 9,682 9,730 9,728 9,574 9,017 9,080 9,279 9,361 9,730 9,678 9,814 9,544
Unemployment 1,107 1,169 1,153 1,196 1,211 1,353 1,273 1,269 1,225 1,145 1,146 1,132 1,198
Unemployment Rate 10.1% 10.8% 10.6% 10.9% 11.2% 13.0% 12.3% 12.0% 11.6% 10.5% 10.6% 10.3% 11.2%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,791 10,849 11,196 10,665 10,580 10,379 10,845 10,790 10,623 10,746 10,698 10,737 10,742
Employment 9,821 9,843 10,105 9,589 9,517 9,229 9,759 9,729 9,585 9,759 9,733 9,742 9,701
Unemployment 970 1,006 1,091 1,076 1,063 1,150 1,086 1,061 1,038 987 965 995 1,041
Unemployment Rate 9.0% 9.3% 9.7% 10.1% 10.0% 11.1% 10.0% 9.8% 9.8% 9.2% 9.0% 9.3% 9.7%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 10,397 10,652 10,666 10,446 10,306 10,107 10,064 10,411 10,346 10,672 10,534 10,446 10,420
Employment 9,445 9,671 9,719 9,497 9,357 9,043 9,143 9,504 9,506 9,883 9,745 9,641 9,512
Unemployment 952 981 947 949 949 1,064 921 907 840 789 789 805 908
Unemployment Rate 9.2% 9.2% 8.9% 9.1% 9.2% 10.5% 9.2% 8.7% 8.1% 7.4% 7.5% 7.7% 8.7%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 9,941 10,001 10,010 9,897 9,919 9,819 9,783 10,022 10,154 10,248 10,245 10,307 10,029
Employment 9,129 9,108 9,130 9,030 8,978 8,782 8,869 9,051 9,246 9,449 9,445 9,505 9,144
Unemployment 812 893 880 867 941 1,037 914 971 908 799 800 802 885
Unemployment Rate 8.2% 8.9% 8.8% 8.8% 9.5% 10.6% 9.3% 9.7% 8.9% 7.8% 7.8% 7.8% 8.8%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,759 8,839 8,794 8,572 8,219 8,156 8,091 7,787 7,831 7,939 7,959 8,170 8,260
Employment 7,919 7,974 7,964 7,731 7,319 7,074 7,105 6,919 7,016 7,189 7,196 7,453 7,405
Unemployment 840 865 830 841 900 1,082 986 868 815 750 763 717 855
Unemployment Rate 9.6% 9.8% 9.4% 9.8% 11.0% 13.3% 12.2% 11.1% 10.4% 9.4% 9.6% 8.8% 10.4%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,929 8,947 8,862 8,858 8,610 8,779 8,776 8,739 8,768 8,881 8,812 8,974 8,828
Employment 8,308 8,258 8,164 8,192 7,824 7,835 7,941 7,937 7,971 8,161 8,077 8,245 8,076
Unemployment 621 689 698 666 786 944 835 802 797 720 735 729 752
Unemployment Rate 7.0% 7.7% 7.9% 7.5% 9.1% 10.8% 9.5% 9.2% 9.1% 8.1% 8.3% 8.1% 8.5%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,741 8,693 8,765 8,529 8,575 8,707 8,844 8,678 8,751 8,794 8,566 8,876 8,710
Employment 7,943 7,808 7,828 7,643 7,624 7,665 7,863 7,827 7,946 8,138 8,006 8,335 7,886
Unemployment 798 885 937 886 951 1,042 981 851 805 656 560 541 824
Unemployment Rate 9.1% 10.2% 10.7% 10.4% 11.1% 12.0% 11.1% 9.8% 9.2% 7.5% 6.5% 6.1% 9.5%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,950 9,225 9,301 9,062 8,850 8,844 9,028 8,614 8,596 8,681 8,581 8,813 8,878
Employment 7,987 8,084 8,235 7,981 7,605 7,623 7,924 7,785 7,750 7,943 7,909 8,095 7,910
Unemployment 963 1,141 1,066 1,081 1,245 1,221 1,104 829 846 738 672 718 968
Unemployment Rate 10.8% 12.4% 11.5% 11.9% 14.1% 13.8% 12.2% 9.6% 9.8% 8.5% 7.8% 8.1% 10.9%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,847 8,874 8,801 8,493 8,483 8,850 8,775 8,614 8,669 8,902 8,929 8,985 8,769
Employment 7,949 7,931 7,932 7,668 7,559 7,761 7,770 7,747 7,848 8,090 8,107 8,196 7,880
Unemployment 898 943 869 825 924 1,089 1,005 867 821 812 822 789 889
Unemployment Rate 10.2% 10.6% 9.9% 9.7% 10.9% 12.3% 11.5% 10.1% 9.5% 9.1% 9.2% 8.8% 10.1%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,969 8,947 9,010 8,753 8,684 8,925 8,824 8,797 8,824 8,946 8,891 8,965 8,879
Employment 8,093 8,001 8,050 7,820 7,774 7,921 7,929 7,943 8,032 8,142 8,148 8,248 8,009
Unemployment 876 946 960 933 910 1,004 895 854 792 804 743 717 870
Unemployment Rate 9.8% 10.6% 10.7% 10.7% 10.5% 11.2% 10.1% 9.7% 9.0% 9.0% 8.4% 8.0% 9.8%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,235 8,592 8,593 8,357 8,336 8,738 8,367 8,288 8,077 8,415 8,431 8,420 8,405
Employment 7,419 7,653 7,676 7,444 7,325 7,578 7,449 7,409 7,291 7,608 7,692 7,720 7,522
Unemployment 816 939 917 913 1,011 1,160 918 879 786 807 739 700 883
Unemployment Rate 9.9% 10.9% 10.7% 10.9% 12.1% 13.3% 11.0% 10.6% 9.7% 9.6% 8.8% 8.3% 10.5%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,273 8,241 8,237 8,162 8,124 8,259 8,182 8,114 7,938 8,317 8,439 8,446 8,229
Employment 7,292 7,219 7,299 7,185 7,037 7,041 7,149 7,184 7,049 7,483 7,597 7,621 7,264
Unemployment 981 1,022 938 977 1,087 1,218 1,033 930 889 834 842 825 965
Unemployment Rate 11.9% 12.4% 11.4% 12.0% 13.4% 14.7% 12.6% 11.5% 11.2% 10.0% 10.0% 9.8% 11.7%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 8,190 8,396 8,452 8,490 8,628 8,764 8,472 8,383 8,429 8,474 8,304 8,344 8,444
Employment 7,579 7,658 7,726 7,749 7,742 7,740 7,506 7,560 7,557 7,584 7,523 7,487 7,618
Unemployment 611 738 726 741 886 1,024 966 823 872 890 781 857 826
Unemployment Rate 7.5% 8.8% 8.6% 8.7% 10.3% 11.7% 11.4% 9.8% 10.3% 10.5% 9.4% 10.3% 9.8%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 7,722 7,710 7,710 7,805 8,147 8,644 8,450 8,506 8,148 8,187 8,036 8,176 8,105
Employment 6,986 7,024 7,006 7,014 7,215 7,767 7,694 7,840 7,536 7,654 7,551 7,646 7,412
Unemployment 736 686 704 791 932 877 756 666 612 533 485 530 693
Unemployment Rate 9.5% 8.9% 9.1% 10.1% 11.4% 10.1% 8.9% 7.8% 7.5% 6.5% 6.0% 6.5% 8.6%

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.