Department of Numbers

Arizona Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arizona fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2018 to 4.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Arizona peaked in November 2009 at 10.9% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Arizona unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Arizona 4.6% 0.0 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Arizona, National

Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arizona peaked in December 2009 at 340,386. There are now 184,191 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 155,473 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 722. Arizona job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Arizona 156,195 +722 +336

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arizona from 1990 to August 2018

Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployed
September 2018 3.7%
August 2018 3.9% 4.6% 156,195
July 2018 3.9% 4.6% 155,473
June 2018 4.0% 4.7% 157,018
May 2018 3.8% 4.7% 159,582
April 2018 3.9% 4.9% 163,841
March 2018 4.1% 4.9% 164,452
February 2018 4.1% 4.9% 163,599
January 2018 4.1% 4.8% 160,126
December 2017 4.1% 4.7% 157,747
November 2017 4.1% 4.7% 157,536
October 2017 4.1% 4.7% 156,837