Department of Numbers

Arizona Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arizona rose 0.2 percentage points in December 2017 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in November 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Arizona unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Arizona 4.5% +0.2 -0.5

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 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arizona peaked in November 2009 at 347,534. There are now 197,978 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 144,108 in November 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,448. Arizona job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Arizona 149,556 +5,448 -12,459

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arizona from 1990 to December 2017

Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 4.5% 149,556
November 2017 4.1% 4.3% 144,108
October 2017 4.1% 4.5% 147,881
September 2017 4.2% 4.7% 156,649
August 2017 4.4% 5.0% 164,825
July 2017 4.3% 5.1% 169,447
June 2017 4.3% 5.1% 168,456
May 2017 4.3% 5.1% 168,264
April 2017 4.4% 5.0% 165,225
March 2017 4.5% 5.0% 166,934
February 2017 4.7% 5.1% 167,982