Labor Force Estimates
This directory contains estimates of the New Jersey labor force for Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas (PMSAs), labor areas, counties and municipalities. The data items include monthly estimates of labor force, employment, unemployment volume and unemployment rate for historical and current year. These estimates are produced by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Comparable labor force data for the United States can be obtained from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For more information on these files, contact Roseanne Elcenko at 609.777.2193.
Labor force and Unemployment estimating procedure.
Labor Surplus Areas (Current)
Certified Target Employment Areas (TEA) Under the Immigration Act of 1990 (March 2017)
Starting with the publication of January 2015 data on March 17th, New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development will release nonfarm employment estimates and labor force statistics based on new labor market area definitions.
State, Labor Areas, and Counties: Total Labor Force, Employed, Unemployed and Unemployment Rate
2017 County Labor Force Estimates (Excel)
NJ Monthly Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Estimates: 1976-2017(Excel)
NJ Monthly Unadjusted Labor Force Estimates: 1976-2017(Excel)
Total Labor Force, Employed, Unemployed and Unemployment Rate
PMSA/County/Labor Area Estimates: Unadjusted Annual & Monthly
New Jersey annual averages: 1976 - 2016 (EXCEL) Total Labor Force, Employed, Unemployed and Unemployment Rate (updated March 2017)
County Annual Averages: 1990-2016 (EXCEL)
Unemployment Rate (updated April 2017)
Municipalities with population greater than 25,000 (Historical Data)
Monthly Municipal Labor Force Estimates: 2010-2016 (Excel)
Monthly Municipal Labor Force Estimates: 2000-2009 (Excel)
Monthly Municipal Labor Force Estimates: 1990-1999 (Excel)
Analysis of these data can be provided by the the local Labor Market Information Field Analyst.These data are also provided in the monthly publication New Jersey Economic Indicators. For more information on New Jersey Labor Force Estimates see the first technical note below.
Annual Data: Total Labor Force, Employed, Unemployed and Unemployment Rate Municipal Estimates
|Annual Municipal Labor Force Estimates: 2010-2016 (Excel)|
|Annual Municipal Labor Force Estimates: 2000-2009 (Excel)|
|Annual Municipal Labor Force Estimates: 1990-1999 (Excel)|
Beginning on March 23, 2015, a new monthly series is being introduced as part of the LAUS program: Characteristics of New Jersey's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claimants.
Claimant characteristics such as gender, race, age, educational attainment, industry affiliation and occupation will be produced, both at the state and New Jersey county levels. These counts represent the number of individuals that have certified for full weeks of regular UI benefits during the week that typically includes the 12th day of the month; these are considered representative of the UI claimant population for the entire month. Please note that these data do not represent the entire universe of New Jersey's unemployed residents; they represent those unemployed that have certified for unemployment insurance benefits.