Department of Numbers

Unemployment by State

The table below shows the BLS defined August 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 August 2020
Unemployment Rate
1 Month
Unemployment Rate Change
August 2020
Unemployed
1 Month
Unemployed Change
Alabama 5.6% -2.3 127,186 -49,370
Alaska 7.4% -4.2 24,357 -15,315
Arizona 5.9% -4.8 202,449 -177,782
Arkansas 7.4% 0.3 99,432 6,456
California 11.4% -2.1 2,134,550 -408,705
Colorado 6.7% -0.7 206,074 -23,498
Connecticut 8.1% -2.1 150,940 -43,354
Delaware 8.9% -1.6 44,468 -8,511
District of Columbia 8.5% 0.0 33,659 78
Florida 7.4% -4.0 753,326 -383,544
Georgia 5.6% -2.0 272,739 -107,465
Hawaii 12.5% -1.0 79,680 -6,399
Idaho 4.2% -0.9 37,443 -8,145
Illinois 11.0% -0.5 695,026 -20,784
Indiana 6.4% -1.5 214,408 -46,693
Iowa 6.0% -0.8 96,536 -13,799
Kansas 6.9% -0.3 103,562 -3,557
Kentucky 7.6% 3.1 152,512 70,376
Louisiana 7.6% -1.8 160,644 -27,846
Maine 6.9% -3.0 46,875 -21,860
Maryland 6.9% -0.9 225,295 -26,911
Massachusetts 11.3% -4.9 401,196 -193,059
Michigan 8.7% 0.0 428,470 7,082
Minnesota 7.4% -0.2 231,599 -4,948
Mississippi 7.9% -1.5 97,683 -16,306
Missouri 7.0% 0.1 215,249 3,825
Montana 5.6% -0.9 29,697 -4,876
Nebraska 4.0% -0.9 41,467 -9,750
Nevada 13.2% -1.0 197,770 -12,971
New Hampshire 6.5% -1.5 47,668 -11,246
New Jersey 10.9% -3.3 498,863 -152,503
New Mexico 11.3% -1.4 101,434 -13,936
New York 12.5% -3.4 1,186,881 -339,010
North Carolina 6.5% -2.0 315,347 -100,105
North Dakota 5.0% -1.6 19,920 -6,689
Ohio 8.9% -0.1 509,863 -399
Oklahoma 5.7% -1.4 104,780 -23,085
Oregon 7.7% -2.7 157,750 -57,439
Pennsylvania 10.3% -2.2 649,575 -144,115
Rhode Island 12.8% 1.5 69,459 6,326
South Carolina 6.3% -2.4 152,936 -59,966
South Dakota 4.8% -1.6 22,047 -7,908
Tennessee 8.5% -1.2 288,420 -15,945
Texas 6.8% -1.2 974,630 -138,975
Utah 4.1% -0.4 66,119 -7,144
Vermont 4.8% -3.5 15,442 -12,744
Virginia 6.1% -1.8 267,409 -74,233
Washington 8.5% -1.7 337,750 -65,958
West Virginia 8.9% -1.1 68,347 -8,124
Wisconsin 6.2% -0.9 189,956 -25,843
Wyoming 6.6% -0.5 19,213 -1,629