Department of Numbers

Arizona Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arizona fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2016 to 5.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 5.4% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Arizona unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
Arizona 5.8% -0.2 -0.2

Unemployment Rate: Arizona, National

Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 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 160,531 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 173,083 in March 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13,920. Arizona job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Arizona 187,003 -5,199 -174

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 5.8% 187,003
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
January 2016 4.9% 5.6% 179,152
December 2015 5.0% 5.9% 185,541
November 2015 5.0% 5.9% 185,859
October 2015 5.0% 5.9% 186,247
September 2015 5.1% 5.9% 186,668