Department of Numbers

Unemployment by State

The table below shows the BLS defined May 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 May 2016
Unemployment Rate
1 Month
Unemployment Rate Change
May 2016
Unemployed
1 Month
Unemployed Change
Alabama 6.1% 0.0 132,106 -1,146
Alaska 6.7% 0.1 24,177 217
Arizona 5.6% 0.1 181,209 4,328
Arkansas 3.8% -0.1 51,773 -1,027
California 5.2% -0.1 994,525 -19,221
Colorado 3.4% 0.3 97,090 8,282
Connecticut 5.7% 0.0 108,278 -1,112
Delaware 4.1% -0.1 19,862 -346
District of Columbia 6.1% -0.3 24,113 -1,146
Florida 4.7% -0.1 457,086 -16,295
Georgia 5.3% -0.2 255,467 -10,240
Hawaii 3.2% 0.0 22,321 345
Idaho 3.7% 0.0 29,872 49
Illinois 6.4% -0.2 426,764 -12,531
Indiana 5.0% -0.2 168,092 -5,206
Iowa 3.9% 0.0 66,535 332
Kansas 3.7% -0.1 55,637 -1,589
Kentucky 5.1% -0.3 101,169 -5,051
Louisiana 6.3% 0.0 135,683 -21
Maine 3.5% 0.1 23,782 918
Maryland 4.5% -0.1 141,820 -5,391
Massachusetts 4.2% 0.0 150,258 -2,016
Michigan 4.7% -0.1 226,804 -5,969
Minnesota 3.8% 0.0 114,942 -975
Mississippi 5.8% -0.2 75,243 -2,706
Missouri 4.3% 0.0 135,168 -884
Montana 4.2% 0.0 21,814 -243
Nebraska 3.0% 0.0 30,561 -312
Nevada 6.1% 0.3 87,129 3,285
New Hampshire 2.7% 0.1 20,114 755
New Jersey 4.9% 0.2 225,814 11,945
New Mexico 6.2% 0.0 56,823 98
New York 4.7% -0.2 461,811 -14,770
North Carolina 5.1% -0.3 250,544 -13,589
North Dakota 3.2% 0.0 13,403 43
Ohio 5.1% -0.1 299,898 -2,134
Oklahoma 4.7% 0.2 87,755 2,625
Oregon 4.5% 0.0 91,891 670
Pennsylvania 5.5% 0.2 360,581 16,749
Rhode Island 5.4% 0.0 29,735 143
South Carolina 5.6% -0.2 129,802 -4,493
South Dakota 2.5% 0.0 11,558 183
Tennessee 4.1% -0.2 128,241 -6,194
Texas 4.4% 0.0 590,085 3,036
Utah 3.8% 0.1 57,403 2,618
Vermont 3.1% -0.1 10,787 -199
Virginia 3.8% -0.1 158,192 -6,930
Washington 5.8% 0.0 209,574 -1,705
West Virginia 6.2% -0.2 48,648 -1,736
Wisconsin 4.2% -0.2 132,669 -4,962
Wyoming 5.6% 0.1 16,887 413