Counties with the highest unemployment rate in New Jersey

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July 8, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in New Jersey

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of June of this year, national unemployment is at 3.5%, 0.1% lower than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.9% in New Mexico and 5.5% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in New Jersey using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in June 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#21. Hunterdon County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.5%
-Total Labor Force: 66,835 (1,754 unemployed)
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#20. Morris County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 264,554 (7,404 unemployed)
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#19. Somerset County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 176,513 (5,045 unemployed)
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#18. Burlington County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -3.0%
-Total Labor Force: 244,640 (7,246 unemployed)
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#17. Mercer County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 207,746 (6,264 unemployed)

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#16. Monmouth County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -3.2%
-Total Labor Force: 342,032 (10,361 unemployed)
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#15. Middlesex County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -3.3%
-Total Labor Force: 456,324 (14,465 unemployed)
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#14. Warren County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -3.0%
-Total Labor Force: 57,883 (1,859 unemployed)
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#13. Sussex County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -3.1%
-Total Labor Force: 76,204 (2,556 unemployed)
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#12. Bergen County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -3.5%
-Total Labor Force: 491,549 (16,493 unemployed)

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#11. Ocean County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -3.2%
-Total Labor Force: 293,141 (9,906 unemployed)
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#10. Gloucester County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -3.4%
-Total Labor Force: 159,556 (5,456 unemployed)
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#9. Hudson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -4.1%
-Total Labor Force: 368,405 (13,707 unemployed)
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#8. Union County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -3.7%
-Total Labor Force: 285,532 (10,720 unemployed)
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#7. Camden County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -3.9%
-Total Labor Force: 267,966 (10,280 unemployed)

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#6. Cape May County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.9%
--- 1 year change: -3.3%
-Total Labor Force: 53,925 (2,316 unemployed)
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#5. Salem County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -3.9%
-Total Labor Force: 29,279 (1,328 unemployed)
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#4. Essex County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -4.5%
-Total Labor Force: 383,271 (17,398 unemployed)
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#3. Passaic County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -4.8%
-Total Labor Force: 246,920 (11,488 unemployed)
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#2. Atlantic County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -5.6%
-Total Labor Force: 129,929 (6,122 unemployed)

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#1. Cumberland County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -3.6%
-Total Labor Force: 66,617 (3,160 unemployed)

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