Department of Numbers

Unemployment by State

The table below shows the BLS defined May 2015 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 May 2015
Unemployment Rate
1 Month
Unemployment Rate Change
May 2015
Unemployed
1 Month
Unemployed Change
Alabama 6.1% 0.3 132,169 7,036
Alaska 6.8% 0.1 24,738 195
Arizona 5.8% -0.2 184,322 -6,450
Arkansas 5.7% 0.0 76,835 673
California 6.4% 0.1 1,212,454 12,765
Colorado 4.3% 0.1 122,929 3,110
Connecticut 6.0% -0.2 115,158 -4,848
Delaware 4.6% 0.1 21,089 405
District of Columbia 7.3% -0.2 28,146 -884
Florida 5.7% 0.1 544,969 401
Georgia 6.3% 0.1 299,167 1,443
Hawaii 4.1% 0.0 27,421 -184
Idaho 3.9% 0.1 30,985 741
Illinois 6.0% 0.0 392,029 1,271
Indiana 5.1% -0.3 167,037 -9,275
Iowa 3.8% 0.0 64,711 -888
Kansas 4.4% 0.1 65,804 1,787
Kentucky 5.1% 0.0 102,544 1,524
Louisiana 6.6% 0.0 145,744 -12
Maine 4.7% 0.0 32,213 130
Maryland 5.3% 0.0 165,939 5
Massachusetts 4.6% -0.1 168,651 -734
Michigan 5.5% 0.1 263,606 6,199
Minnesota 3.8% 0.1 116,563 3,139
Mississippi 6.7% 0.1 84,018 717
Missouri 5.8% 0.1 181,731 3,598
Montana 3.9% -0.1 20,296 -560
Nebraska 2.6% 0.1 25,867 284
Nevada 7.0% -0.1 99,234 -1,693
New Hampshire 3.8% 0.0 28,680 -27
New Jersey 6.5% 0.0 297,144 163
New Mexico 6.2% 0.0 58,161 828
New York 5.7% 0.0 551,871 -487
North Carolina 5.7% 0.2 272,663 12,627
North Dakota 3.1% 0.0 13,144 127
Ohio 5.2% 0.0 301,948 4,880
Oklahoma 4.3% 0.2 80,134 4,486
Oregon 5.3% 0.1 102,678 1,659
Pennsylvania 5.4% 0.1 347,566 7,895
Rhode Island 5.9% -0.2 33,068 -668
South Carolina 6.8% 0.1 153,309 1,856
South Dakota 3.8% 0.2 17,209 798
Tennessee 5.8% -0.2 181,106 -2,956
Texas 4.3% 0.1 559,921 1,951
Utah 3.5% 0.1 50,836 1,145
Vermont 3.6% 0.0 12,455 -181
Virginia 4.9% 0.1 209,516 4,605
Washington 5.4% -0.1 190,986 -5,524
West Virginia 7.2% 0.2 56,411 1,977
Wisconsin 4.6% 0.2 140,830 3,926
Wyoming 4.1% 0.0 12,723 74