Department of Numbers

Unemployment by State

The table below shows the BLS defined October 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 October 2018
Unemployment Rate
1 Month
Unemployment Rate Change
October 2018
Unemployed
1 Month
Unemployed Change
Alabama 4.1% 0.0 89,754 -1,064
Alaska 6.4% -0.1 22,779 -558
Arizona 4.7% 0.1 158,154 807
Arkansas 3.5% 0.0 47,441 211
California 4.1% 0.0 804,349 1,605
Colorado 3.2% 0.1 98,176 3,657
Connecticut 4.2% 0.0 79,992 -57
Delaware 3.9% -0.1 19,126 -138
District of Columbia 5.6% -0.1 22,866 -155
Florida 3.4% -0.1 345,083 -13,525
Georgia 3.6% -0.1 184,554 -3,822
Hawaii 2.3% 0.1 15,742 675
Idaho 2.7% 0.0 22,828 -454
Illinois 4.2% 0.1 270,057 3,225
Indiana 3.5% 0.0 119,755 2,411
Iowa 2.4% -0.1 41,170 -594
Kansas 3.3% 0.0 48,443 -1
Kentucky 4.5% 0.0 93,994 1,397
Louisiana 5.0% 0.0 105,971 -441
Maine 3.4% 0.1 23,831 642
Maryland 4.1% -0.1 131,469 -2,626
Massachusetts 3.5% -0.1 134,068 -1,735
Michigan 3.9% -0.1 191,302 -2,096
Minnesota 2.8% 0.0 86,118 -1,038
Mississippi 4.7% -0.1 60,839 -785
Missouri 3.1% -0.1 94,398 -2,455
Montana 3.7% 0.1 19,143 47
Nebraska 2.8% 0.0 28,691 91
Nevada 4.4% -0.1 67,118 -341
New Hampshire 2.6% -0.1 19,727 -519
New Jersey 4.1% -0.1 184,042 -2,990
New Mexico 4.6% 0.0 43,148 137
New York 4.0% -0.1 387,713 -9,924
North Carolina 3.6% -0.2 181,435 -5,911
North Dakota 2.8% 0.1 11,103 155
Ohio 4.6% 0.0 265,827 72
Oklahoma 3.4% -0.1 62,609 -2,685
Oregon 3.8% 0.0 80,960 1,119
Pennsylvania 4.1% 0.0 265,302 3,142
Rhode Island 3.8% -0.1 21,325 -747
South Carolina 3.3% 0.0 76,220 -521
South Dakota 3.0% 0.0 13,599 -78
Tennessee 3.7% 0.1 119,019 1,682
Texas 3.7% -0.1 516,731 -8,819
Utah 3.2% 0.0 49,968 -391
Vermont 2.8% -0.1 9,635 -266
Virginia 2.9% 0.0 124,790 -1,679
Washington 4.3% -0.1 162,889 -2,138
West Virginia 5.2% 0.0 40,507 -193
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.0 95,096 -31
Wyoming 4.1% 0.0 11,725 132