Department of Numbers

Arizona Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arizona fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2019 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 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 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in August 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Arizona unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
Arizona 4.9% -0.1 +0.1

Unemployment Rate: Arizona, National

Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Arizona peaked in December 2009 at 340,386. There are now 164,574 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 157,847 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 17,965. Arizona job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Arizona 175,812 -1,996 +7,950

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Arizona from 1990 to September 2019

Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployed
September 2019 3.5% 4.9% 175,812
August 2019 3.7% 5.0% 177,808
July 2019 3.7% 4.9% 174,131
June 2019 3.7% 4.9% 170,782
May 2019 3.6% 4.9% 170,507
April 2019 3.6% 4.9% 172,487
March 2019 3.8% 5.0% 176,361
February 2019 3.8% 5.1% 177,930
January 2019 4.0% 5.1% 177,472
December 2018 3.9% 4.9% 171,467
November 2018 3.7% 4.9% 171,590
October 2018 3.8% 4.9% 170,670