Department of Numbers

Unemployment by State

The table below shows the BLS defined December 2018 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 December 2018
Unemployment Rate
1 Month
Unemployment Rate Change
December 2018
Unemployed
1 Month
Unemployed Change
Alabama 3.9% -0.1 86,023 -1,731
Alaska 6.3% 0.0 22,390 -79
Arizona 4.8% 0.1 165,508 5,593
Arkansas 3.6% 0.0 49,111 926
California 4.2% 0.1 813,858 7,209
Colorado 3.5% 0.2 107,888 5,490
Connecticut 4.0% -0.1 76,220 -1,452
Delaware 3.7% -0.1 18,175 -503
District of Columbia 5.5% -0.1 22,280 -361
Florida 3.3% 0.0 334,552 -483
Georgia 3.6% 0.1 184,632 2,269
Hawaii 2.5% 0.1 16,900 539
Idaho 2.6% 0.0 22,581 190
Illinois 4.3% 0.1 277,518 3,695
Indiana 3.6% 0.0 121,865 83
Iowa 2.4% 0.0 40,631 20
Kansas 3.3% 0.1 48,972 686
Kentucky 4.4% -0.1 90,987 -1,629
Louisiana 4.9% -0.1 104,350 -862
Maine 3.4% 0.0 24,017 58
Maryland 3.9% -0.1 125,219 -2,692
Massachusetts 3.3% -0.1 126,215 -3,799
Michigan 4.0% 0.1 195,680 3,907
Minnesota 2.8% 0.0 86,683 1,357
Mississippi 4.7% 0.0 60,121 69
Missouri 3.1% 0.1 95,242 1,815
Montana 3.7% 0.0 19,425 143
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0 28,472 -174
Nevada 4.4% 0.0 67,457 359
New Hampshire 2.5% 0.0 18,719 -456
New Jersey 4.0% 0.0 178,097 -517
New Mexico 4.7% 0.1 44,851 1,176
New York 3.9% 0.0 378,512 -867
North Carolina 3.6% 0.0 178,436 1,173
North Dakota 2.7% -0.1 10,827 -246
Ohio 4.6% 0.0 264,830 1,651
Oklahoma 3.2% -0.1 59,073 -1,309
Oregon 4.1% 0.2 85,905 2,891
Pennsylvania 4.2% 0.0 273,620 4,717
Rhode Island 3.9% 0.1 21,662 340
South Carolina 3.3% 0.0 77,087 377
South Dakota 2.9% -0.1 13,525 -53
Tennessee 3.6% 0.0 116,136 -2,505
Texas 3.7% 0.0 515,093 3,275
Utah 3.2% 0.0 49,946 -84
Vermont 2.7% 0.0 9,182 -198
Virginia 2.8% 0.0 123,180 -740
Washington 4.3% 0.0 165,727 2,578
West Virginia 5.1% -0.1 40,104 -150
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.0 93,384 -971
Wyoming 4.1% 0.0 11,619 -140