Department of Numbers

Arizona Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arizona fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2017 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in October 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Arizona unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Arizona 5.0% -0.1 -0.1

Unemployment Rate: Arizona, National

Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 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 182,656 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 162,015 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,863. Arizona job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Arizona 164,878 -4,569 -1,065

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployed
August 2017 4.4% 5.0% 164,878
July 2017 4.3% 5.1% 169,447
June 2017 4.4% 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
January 2017 4.8% 5.0% 163,599
December 2016 4.7% 5.0% 162,015
November 2016 4.6% 5.0% 162,652
October 2016 4.8% 5.0% 163,462
September 2016 4.9% 5.1% 164,542