Department of Numbers

Unemployment by State

The table below shows the BLS defined August 2017 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 August 2017
Unemployment Rate
1 Month
Unemployment Rate Change
August 2017
Unemployed
1 Month
Unemployed Change
Alabama 4.2% -0.3 90,913 -5,245
Alaska 7.2% 0.2 26,155 414
Arizona 5.0% -0.1 164,878 -4,569
Arkansas 3.5% 0.1 47,731 1,234
California 5.1% 0.3 971,770 45,720
Colorado 2.4% 0.0 72,616 1,840
Connecticut 4.8% -0.2 92,227 -4,264
Delaware 4.9% 0.1 23,513 571
District of Columbia 6.4% 0.0 25,728 22
Florida 4.0% -0.1 407,689 -4,234
Georgia 4.7% 0.0 235,718 -987
Hawaii 2.6% -0.1 18,030 -638
Idaho 2.9% -0.1 23,418 -1,177
Illinois 5.0% 0.2 323,054 14,871
Indiana 3.5% 0.4 116,710 12,622
Iowa 3.3% 0.1 55,161 661
Kansas 3.9% 0.2 57,308 1,773
Kentucky 5.4% 0.0 111,995 1,258
Louisiana 5.2% -0.1 107,521 -2,409
Maine 3.8% 0.1 26,780 564
Maryland 3.9% -0.1 127,371 -1,776
Massachusetts 4.2% -0.1 154,194 -6,505
Michigan 3.9% 0.2 189,945 9,939
Minnesota 3.8% 0.1 116,279 3,858
Mississippi 5.3% 0.1 68,248 819
Missouri 4.0% 0.2 120,242 3,181
Montana 3.9% 0.0 20,229 -213
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0 28,037 -76
Nevada 4.9% 0.1 70,590 1,297
New Hampshire 2.7% -0.1 20,023 -781
New Jersey 4.5% 0.3 201,637 11,765
New Mexico 6.3% 0.0 58,195 -681
New York 4.8% 0.1 466,293 13,344
North Carolina 4.1% 0.0 200,200 -347
North Dakota 2.3% 0.0 9,470 45
Ohio 5.4% 0.2 310,639 10,531
Oklahoma 4.5% 0.1 81,476 2,274
Oregon 4.1% 0.3 86,493 4,890
Pennsylvania 4.9% -0.1 317,622 -6,426
Rhode Island 4.3% 0.0 23,721 -458
South Carolina 4.0% 0.1 93,067 1,460
South Dakota 3.3% 0.2 15,328 946
Tennessee 3.3% -0.1 103,313 -4,568
Texas 4.2% -0.1 556,942 -17,522
Utah 3.5% 0.0 54,567 93
Vermont 3.0% -0.1 10,445 -193
Virginia 3.8% 0.0 162,277 231
Washington 4.6% 0.1 170,599 3,266
West Virginia 5.0% 0.3 39,226 2,343
Wisconsin 3.4% 0.2 106,080 5,720
Wyoming 4.0% 0.0 11,717 -3