Department of Numbers

Unemployment by State

The table below shows the BLS defined October 2020 unemployment rate and the total unemployed for the 50 states and the District of Columbia from the Current Population Survey (i.e. Household Survey). Unemployment rates by metropolitan area are also available. Visit the unemployment overview page to see all unemployment data. Click on a header to sort.

State October 2020
Unemployment Rate
1 Month
Unemployment Rate Change
October 2020
Unemployed
1 Month
Unemployed Change
Alabama 5.8% -0.9 130,329 -23,009
Alaska 5.9% -1.3 20,744 -3,219
Arizona 8.0% 1.5 288,538 54,867
Arkansas 6.2% -1.0 83,203 -14,117
California 9.3% -1.8 1,786,461 -279,379
Colorado 6.4% 0.0 201,577 1,747
Connecticut 6.1% -1.6 113,847 -32,524
Delaware 5.6% -2.7 27,025 -13,628
District of Columbia 8.2% -0.8 32,759 -3,265
Florida 6.5% -0.7 659,265 -72,129
Georgia 4.5% -1.8 231,453 -82,082
Hawaii 14.3% -0.7 91,697 -342
Idaho 5.5% -0.6 50,278 -5,866
Illinois 6.8% -3.6 425,916 -234,900
Indiana 5.0% -1.3 167,701 -41,803
Iowa 3.6% -1.2 58,512 -20,234
Kansas 5.3% -0.6 80,037 -6,427
Kentucky 7.4% 1.8 144,397 38,057
Louisiana 9.4% 1.4 198,710 30,895
Maine 5.4% -0.7 36,820 -5,099
Maryland 7.8% 0.2 246,423 12,134
Massachusetts 7.4% -2.4 268,514 -100,411
Michigan 5.5% -3.1 266,403 -148,447
Minnesota 4.6% -1.3 137,359 -44,573
Mississippi 7.4% 0.2 95,231 1,970
Missouri 4.6% -0.2 137,729 -6,083
Montana 4.9% -0.5 26,253 -2,603
Nebraska 3.0% -0.6 30,876 -6,619
Nevada 12.0% -0.5 185,498 -7,386
New Hampshire 4.2% -1.6 30,309 -12,275
New Jersey 8.2% 1.5 362,942 73,186
New Mexico 8.1% -1.8 74,792 -19,610
New York 9.6% -0.1 868,780 -17,526
North Carolina 6.3% -0.9 310,292 -41,542
North Dakota 4.8% 0.4 19,031 1,721
Ohio 5.6% -2.7 323,632 -145,058
Oklahoma 6.1% 0.7 114,419 12,557
Oregon 6.9% -1.0 147,382 -12,121
Pennsylvania 7.3% -1.0 464,549 -71,791
Rhode Island 7.0% -3.5 37,802 -20,840
South Carolina 4.2% -1.0 100,333 -24,787
South Dakota 3.6% -0.5 16,873 -2,108
Tennessee 7.4% 0.9 248,337 32,264
Texas 6.9% -1.4 979,099 -194,714
Utah 4.1% -0.9 67,186 -16,494
Vermont 3.2% -1.1 10,180 -3,655
Virginia 5.3% -0.9 227,229 -40,454
Washington 6.0% -2.3 238,617 -87,342
West Virginia 6.4% -2.2 48,794 -18,087
Wisconsin 5.7% 0.3 179,425 9,932
Wyoming 5.5% -0.6 16,284 -1,566