Department of Numbers

Unemployment by State

The table below shows the BLS defined December 2016 unemployment rate and the total unemployed for the 50 states and the District of Columbia from the Current Population Survey (i.e. Household Survey). Unemployment rates by metropolitan area are also available. Visit the unemployment overview page to see all unemployment data. Click on a header to sort.

State December 2016
Unemployment Rate
1 Month
Unemployment Rate Change
December 2016
Unemployed
1 Month
Unemployed Change
Alabama 6.2% 0.3 136,409 7,758
Alaska 6.7% -0.1 23,982 -410
Arizona 4.8% -0.2 157,928 -3,803
Arkansas 3.9% -0.1 52,293 -1,345
California 5.2% -0.1 1,008,969 -29,339
Colorado 3.0% -0.2 87,530 -5,965
Connecticut 4.4% -0.3 83,454 -4,869
Delaware 4.3% 0.0 20,260 -183
District of Columbia 5.8% -0.2 23,095 -732
Florida 4.9% 0.0 490,623 8,331
Georgia 5.4% 0.1 270,894 6,908
Hawaii 2.9% -0.1 20,005 -651
Idaho 3.7% -0.1 30,045 -511
Illinois 5.7% 0.1 374,514 6,130
Indiana 4.0% -0.2 134,351 -5,133
Iowa 3.6% -0.2 61,216 -3,895
Kansas 4.2% -0.1 62,745 -1,097
Kentucky 4.8% 0.0 97,177 188
Louisiana 6.1% -0.1 129,349 -1,556
Maine 3.8% -0.2 26,159 -1,350
Maryland 4.2% 0.0 133,401 -711
Massachusetts 2.8% -0.1 101,345 -4,013
Michigan 5.0% 0.1 244,908 4,998
Minnesota 3.9% 0.1 115,238 508
Mississippi 5.6% -0.1 72,207 -1,208
Missouri 4.4% -0.3 139,266 -8,333
Montana 4.0% 0.0 20,820 -389
Nebraska 3.4% 0.0 34,046 -250
Nevada 5.1% -0.1 72,492 -2,306
New Hampshire 2.6% -0.1 19,574 -499
New Jersey 4.7% -0.3 215,109 -11,297
New Mexico 6.6% -0.1 61,631 -297
New York 4.9% -0.2 473,851 -16,995
North Carolina 5.1% 0.1 251,607 8,718
North Dakota 3.0% 0.0 12,859 131
Ohio 4.9% 0.0 281,899 3,812
Oklahoma 5.0% -0.1 91,541 -1,574
Oregon 4.6% -0.4 95,900 -8,291
Pennsylvania 5.6% -0.1 365,699 -7,354
Rhode Island 5.0% -0.3 27,835 -1,428
South Carolina 4.3% -0.1 98,962 -3,204
South Dakota 2.8% 0.1 12,567 21
Tennessee 4.9% 0.1 157,631 5,936
Texas 4.6% 0.0 624,327 9,299
Utah 3.1% 0.0 47,223 654
Vermont 3.1% -0.1 10,579 -311
Virginia 4.1% -0.1 177,255 -1,358
Washington 5.2% -0.1 190,742 -3,466
West Virginia 5.9% -0.1 46,838 -1,093
Wisconsin 4.0% -0.1 125,020 -2,292
Wyoming 4.8% -0.1 14,674 -50