Department of Numbers

Unemployment by State

The table below shows the BLS defined August 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 August 2016
Unemployment Rate
1 Month
Unemployment Rate Change
August 2016
Unemployed
1 Month
Unemployed Change
Alabama 5.4% -0.3 116,361 -6,673
Alaska 6.8% 0.1 24,370 139
Arizona 5.8% -0.2 187,003 -5,199
Arkansas 3.9% 0.0 53,170 267
California 5.5% 0.0 1,060,636 12,047
Colorado 3.8% 0.0 109,097 -1,348
Connecticut 5.6% -0.1 106,135 -2,378
Delaware 4.3% 0.0 20,701 93
District of Columbia 6.0% 0.1 23,703 346
Florida 4.7% 0.0 453,772 -3,706
Georgia 4.9% -0.1 241,737 -749
Hawaii 3.4% -0.1 23,547 -153
Idaho 3.8% 0.0 30,973 146
Illinois 5.5% -0.3 363,672 -19,417
Indiana 4.5% -0.1 152,905 -2,689
Iowa 4.2% 0.1 72,703 1,991
Kansas 4.3% 0.3 63,718 3,502
Kentucky 4.9% -0.1 97,004 -418
Louisiana 6.3% 0.0 134,319 -358
Maine 4.0% 0.1 27,844 1,142
Maryland 4.3% 0.0 135,245 599
Massachusetts 3.9% -0.2 141,715 -4,403
Michigan 4.5% 0.0 216,398 2,354
Minnesota 4.0% 0.1 121,424 2,751
Mississippi 6.0% 0.0 75,960 140
Missouri 5.1% 0.4 157,951 9,844
Montana 4.3% 0.1 22,558 359
Nebraska 3.2% 0.1 32,286 1,084
Nevada 6.3% -0.2 90,117 -2,658
New Hampshire 3.0% 0.1 22,485 518
New Jersey 5.3% 0.1 242,500 3,995
New Mexico 6.6% 0.2 61,292 1,988
New York 4.8% 0.1 461,366 8,966
North Carolina 4.6% -0.1 221,746 -3,808
North Dakota 3.1% -0.1 13,022 -222
Ohio 4.7% -0.1 271,585 -6,652
Oklahoma 5.1% 0.1 92,200 704
Oregon 5.4% 0.2 111,889 4,976
Pennsylvania 5.7% 0.1 369,715 2,937
Rhode Island 5.6% 0.1 30,945 427
South Carolina 5.1% -0.1 116,998 -3,856
South Dakota 2.9% 0.1 13,133 332
Tennessee 4.4% 0.1 138,277 4,884
Texas 4.7% 0.1 621,806 12,750
Utah 3.7% -0.2 54,828 -3,746
Vermont 3.3% 0.1 11,446 220
Virginia 3.9% 0.2 162,545 5,805
Washington 5.7% -0.1 207,961 -2,275
West Virginia 5.7% 0.0 44,751 -260
Wisconsin 4.2% 0.0 131,141 1,157
Wyoming 5.5% -0.2 16,574 -359