Department of Numbers

Arizona Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Arizona rose 0.2 percentage points in January 2019 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in August 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Arizona unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
Arizona 5.1% +0.2 +0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Arizona, National

Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 162,907 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 157,847 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 19,632. Arizona job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Arizona 177,479 +6,012 +14,648

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8%
January 2019 4.0% 5.1% 177,479
December 2018 3.9% 4.9% 171,467
November 2018 3.7% 4.9% 171,590
October 2018 3.8% 4.9% 170,670
September 2018 3.7% 4.8% 167,862
August 2018 3.8% 4.8% 164,742
July 2018 3.9% 4.7% 162,277
June 2018 4.0% 4.7% 161,189
May 2018 3.8% 4.7% 161,511
April 2018 3.9% 4.8% 162,385
March 2018 4.0% 4.8% 163,203