Department of Numbers

Arizona Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arizona fell 4.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.9%. The state unemployment rate was 4.4 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Arizona peaked in April 2020 at 13.4% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Arizona unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Arizona 8.9% -4.5 +4.1

Note: All comparisons are made with May data as June state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Arizona, National

Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arizona peaked in April 2020 at 473,766. There are now 157,330 fewer people unemployed in the state. Arizona job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Arizona 316,436 -157,330 +147,630

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arizona from 1990 to May 2020

Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployed
June 2020 11.1%
May 2020 13.3% 8.9% 316,436
April 2020 14.7% 13.4% 473,766
March 2020 4.4% 6.1% 219,151
February 2020 3.5% 4.5% 161,238
January 2020 3.6% 4.5% 162,073
December 2019 3.5% 4.5% 163,303
November 2019 3.5% 4.5% 163,112
October 2019 3.6% 4.5% 163,317
September 2019 3.5% 4.6% 164,426
August 2019 3.7% 4.6% 165,900
July 2019 3.7% 4.7% 167,232