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 2016 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 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 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Arizona unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Arizona 4.8% -0.2 -1.1

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 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arizona peaked in November 2009 at 347,534. There are now 189,606 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arizona job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Arizona 157,928 -3,803 -27,613

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arizona from 1990 to December 2016

Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 4.8% 157,928
November 2016 4.6% 5.0% 161,731
October 2016 4.8% 5.2% 169,380
September 2016 4.9% 5.5% 178,741
August 2016 4.9% 5.8% 186,959
July 2016 4.9% 6.0% 192,202
June 2016 4.9% 5.8% 187,270
May 2016 4.7% 5.6% 181,138
April 2016 5.0% 5.5% 176,881
March 2016 5.0% 5.4% 173,083
February 2016 4.9% 5.5% 176,226