Department of Numbers

Arizona Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arizona rose 1.5 percentage points in October 2020 to 8.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Arizona peaked in April 2020 at 13.4% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.1 percentage points. You can also see Arizona unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.9% -1.0 +3.3
Arizona 8.0% +1.5 +3.5

Unemployment Rate: Arizona, National

Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 185,228 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 202,487 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 86,051. Arizona job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Arizona 288,538 +54,867 +125,221

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployed
October 2020 6.9% 8.0% 288,538
September 2020 7.9% 6.5% 233,671
August 2020 8.4% 5.9% 202,487
July 2020 10.2% 10.7% 380,231
June 2020 11.1% 10.0% 351,156
May 2020 13.3% 9.0% 318,985
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