Department of Numbers

Unemployment by State

The table below shows the BLS defined December 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 December 2015
Unemployment Rate
1 Month
Unemployment Rate Change
December 2015
Unemployed
1 Month
Unemployed Change
Alabama 6.2% 0.2 132,907 4,888
Alaska 6.5% 0.1 23,669 344
Arizona 5.8% -0.2 184,129 -5,672
Arkansas 4.8% -0.2 64,548 -2,217
California 5.8% 0.1 1,096,079 13,864
Colorado 3.5% -0.1 99,348 -2,589
Connecticut 5.2% 0.1 99,049 2,635
Delaware 5.0% -0.1 23,341 -354
District of Columbia 6.6% 0.0 25,643 -91
Florida 5.0% -0.1 486,704 -1,062
Georgia 5.5% -0.1 262,091 -2,690
Hawaii 3.2% -0.1 22,162 45
Idaho 3.9% 0.0 31,460 -242
Illinois 5.9% 0.2 389,971 18,240
Indiana 4.4% 0.0 145,984 1,981
Iowa 3.4% 0.0 58,266 -485
Kansas 3.9% 0.0 59,057 -170
Kentucky 5.3% 0.3 104,298 8,443
Louisiana 6.1% -0.2 129,846 -4,721
Maine 4.0% -0.1 26,831 -1,026
Maryland 5.1% -0.1 162,136 -1,192
Massachusetts 4.7% 0.0 168,481 2,468
Michigan 5.1% 0.0 246,007 2,275
Minnesota 3.5% -0.1 107,460 559
Mississippi 6.4% 0.4 82,711 5,858
Missouri 4.4% -0.3 138,824 -6,939
Montana 4.0% -0.1 21,123 -166
Nebraska 2.9% 0.0 29,715 74
Nevada 6.4% -0.1 91,776 -1,750
New Hampshire 3.1% -0.1 23,140 -786
New Jersey 5.1% -0.3 235,102 -8,040
New Mexico 6.7% -0.1 61,143 -834
New York 4.8% 0.0 470,632 5,080
North Carolina 5.6% -0.1 269,833 -799
North Dakota 2.7% 0.0 11,283 106
Ohio 4.7% 0.2 268,963 14,201
Oklahoma 4.1% -0.1 76,827 -1,274
Oregon 5.4% -0.3 107,815 -5,218
Pennsylvania 4.8% -0.2 306,481 -14,424
Rhode Island 5.1% -0.1 28,366 -430
South Carolina 5.5% 0.0 124,022 189
South Dakota 2.9% -0.1 13,441 -251
Tennessee 5.6% 0.1 173,079 3,433
Texas 4.7% 0.1 610,253 11,934
Utah 3.5% 0.0 50,708 -823
Vermont 3.6% -0.1 12,237 -426
Virginia 4.2% 0.1 176,428 1,190
Washington 5.5% 0.2 193,206 7,507
West Virginia 6.3% -0.2 49,294 -1,843
Wisconsin 4.3% 0.1 134,972 3,410
Wyoming 4.3% 0.2 13,067 373