Department of Numbers

Arizona Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arizona fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2021 to 6.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Arizona peaked in April 2020 at 14.2% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.7% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Arizona unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Arizona 6.7% 0.0 -3.9

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 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arizona peaked in April 2020 at 504,698. There are now 261,935 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 239,896 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,867. Arizona job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Arizona 242,763 +2,777 -139,879

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arizona from 1990 to May 2021

Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 6.7% 242,763
April 2021 6.1% 6.7% 239,986
March 2021 6.0% 6.7% 240,210
February 2021 6.2% 6.9% 247,405
January 2021 6.3% 6.7% 239,896
December 2020 6.7% 6.8% 242,410
November 2020 6.7% 6.8% 241,754
October 2020 6.9% 6.8% 241,312
September 2020 7.8% 6.9% 242,642
August 2020 8.4% 7.0% 245,780
July 2020 10.2% 10.4% 377,224