Department of Numbers

Arizona Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arizona fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Arizona peaked in November 2009 at 11.2% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in May 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Arizona unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Arizona 5.8% -0.2 -0.8

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Arizona, National

Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arizona peaked in November 2009 at 347,534. There are now 163,405 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arizona job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Arizona 184,129 -5,672 -23,410

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arizona from 1990 to December 2015

Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.8% 184,129
November 2015 5.0% 6.0% 189,801
October 2015 5.0% 6.1% 192,928
September 2015 5.1% 6.3% 197,016
August 2015 5.1% 6.3% 196,798
July 2015 5.3% 6.1% 191,424
June 2015 5.3% 5.9% 184,753
May 2015 5.5% 5.8% 184,219
April 2015 5.4% 6.0% 190,772
March 2015 5.5% 6.2% 196,071
February 2015 5.5% 6.5% 206,399