Unemployment Rate by State

A higher rate of unemployment, which refers to the percentage of individuals who make up the labor force who are currently unemployed, can have negative ripple effects on the economy — like for example, those unemployed being able to spend less money in general, or may also be more reliant on social benefit programs such as food stamps and unemployment benefits. As such, reducing unemployment is a key policy goal for all 50 states, especially in the challenging times we now face.  

Congress has been prompt to react whenever the unemployment rate hikes to a record level. When the Great Recession triggered the rate to rise to nearly 10%, federal lawmakers in 2009 passed an act  that provided financial aid packages to those unemployed and faltering businesses and created tens of thousands of jobs by investing in infrastructures. Then in 2021, a similar act was implemented to accelerate the process of recovery from a year-long economic downturn stemmed by the COVID-19 pandemic — which had once caused the unemployment rate to hit the highest level since the Great Depression. 

Surprisingly, a 2022 Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans aren’t worried about not finding a quality job if they were to be laid-off from their current jobs, showing that despite the uncertain times that Covid has created, the feeling of job security remains quite high. 

Learn for yourself how states compare to one another in terms of their unemployment rate by surveying the data in the charts.

Unemployment Rate by State

Alabama - Unemployment Rate

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2.6%

#2 in the US

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$259

#41 in the US

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58,913

#29 in the US

Alaska - Unemployment Rate

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4.6%

#36 in the US

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$276

#39 in the US

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16,661

#45 in the US

Arizona - Unemployment Rate

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3.5%

#19 in the US

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$237

#47 in the US

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125,050

#15 in the US

Arkansas - Unemployment Rate

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3.4%

#20 in the US

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$247

#45 in the US

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45,636

#32 in the US

California - Unemployment Rate

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4.1%

#37 in the US

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$315

#32 in the US

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783,822

#1 in the US

Colorado - Unemployment Rate

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3.4%

#21 in the US

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$387

#17 in the US

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111,878

#18 in the US

Connecticut - Unemployment Rate

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4.1%

#38 in the US

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$367

#21 in the US

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77,702

#23 in the US

Delaware - Unemployment Rate

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4.5%

#39 in the US

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$288

#37 in the US

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22,331

#42 in the US

District of Columbia - Unemployment Rate

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5.1%

#51 in the US

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19,816

#44 in the US

Florida - Unemployment Rate

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2.7%

#3 in the US

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$240

#46 in the US

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292,609

#4 in the US

Georgia - Unemployment Rate

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2.8%

#4 in the US

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$289

#36 in the US

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149,654

#11 in the US

Hawaii - Unemployment Rate

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4%

#40 in the US

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$483

#3 in the US

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27,354

#39 in the US

Idaho - Unemployment Rate

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2.7%

#5 in the US

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$356

#25 in the US

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25,697

#40 in the US

Illinois - Unemployment Rate

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4.5%

#41 in the US

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$363

#23 in the US

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290,027

#5 in the US

Indiana - Unemployment Rate

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2.8%

#6 in the US

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$256

#43 in the US

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95,218

#20 in the US

Iowa - Unemployment Rate

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2.6%

#7 in the US

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$424

#9 in the US

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44,698

#34 in the US

Kansas - Unemployment Rate

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2.5%

#8 in the US

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$416

#11 in the US

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38,170

#36 in the US

Kentucky - Unemployment Rate

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3.8%

#22 in the US

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$366

#22 in the US

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78,292

#22 in the US

Louisiana - Unemployment Rate

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3.5%

#23 in the US

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$186

#50 in the US

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73,895

#26 in the US

Maine - Unemployment Rate

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3.1%

#24 in the US

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$346

#27 in the US

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21,092

#43 in the US

Maryland - Unemployment Rate

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4.3%

#42 in the US

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$334

#30 in the US

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138,107

#13 in the US

Massachusetts - Unemployment Rate

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3.6%

#25 in the US

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$512

#1 in the US

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134,742

#14 in the US

Michigan - Unemployment Rate

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4.3%

#43 in the US

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$339

#29 in the US

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200,680

#8 in the US

Minnesota - Unemployment Rate

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1.9%

#1 in the US

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$432

#7 in the US

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58,258

#30 in the US

Mississippi - Unemployment Rate

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3.6%

#26 in the US

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$200

#49 in the US

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45,237

#33 in the US

Missouri - Unemployment Rate

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2.5%

#9 in the US

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$263

#40 in the US

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76,156

#24 in the US

Montana - Unemployment Rate

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2.8%

#10 in the US

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$465

#5 in the US

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15,868

#47 in the US

Nebraska - Unemployment Rate

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2.1%

#11 in the US

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$353

#26 in the US

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22,363

#41 in the US

Nevada - Unemployment Rate

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4.4%

#44 in the US

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$372

#20 in the US

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66,464

#28 in the US

New Hampshire - Unemployment Rate

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2%

#12 in the US

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$294

#35 in the US

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15,542

#48 in the US

New Jersey - Unemployment Rate

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4%

#45 in the US

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$476

#4 in the US

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188,221

#9 in the US

New Mexico - Unemployment Rate

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4.4%

#46 in the US

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$340

#28 in the US

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41,821

#35 in the US

New York - Unemployment Rate

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4.7%

#47 in the US

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$373

#19 in the US

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445,097

#3 in the US

North Carolina - Unemployment Rate

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3.5%

#27 in the US

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$257

#42 in the US

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179,521

#10 in the US

North Dakota - Unemployment Rate

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2.3%

#13 in the US

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$462

#6 in the US

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9,277

#50 in the US

Ohio - Unemployment Rate

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4%

#48 in the US

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$382

#18 in the US

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228,949

#7 in the US

Oklahoma - Unemployment Rate

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3.1%

#28 in the US

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$331

#31 in the US

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57,484

#31 in the US

Oregon - Unemployment Rate

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3.7%

#29 in the US

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$391

#14 in the US

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81,977

#21 in the US

Pennsylvania - Unemployment Rate

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4.2%

#49 in the US

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$393

#13 in the US

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272,464

#6 in the US

Rhode Island - Unemployment Rate

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2.8%

#14 in the US

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$389

#15 in the US

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16,348

#46 in the US

South Carolina - Unemployment Rate

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3.1%

#30 in the US

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$248

#44 in the US

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74,521

#25 in the US

South Dakota - Unemployment Rate

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2.3%

#15 in the US

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$359

#24 in the US

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11,000

#49 in the US

Tennessee - Unemployment Rate

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3.4%

#31 in the US

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$224

#48 in the US

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114,679

#16 in the US

Texas - Unemployment Rate

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4.1%

#50 in the US

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$415

#12 in the US

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594,584

#2 in the US

Utah - Unemployment Rate

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2%

#16 in the US

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$432

#8 in the US

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35,505

#37 in the US

Vermont - Unemployment Rate

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2.1%

#17 in the US

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$388

#16 in the US

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6,995

#52 in the US

Virginia - Unemployment Rate

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2.6%

#18 in the US

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$295

#34 in the US

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114,105

#17 in the US

Washington - Unemployment Rate

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3.7%

#32 in the US

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$491

#2 in the US

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149,242

#12 in the US

West Virginia - Unemployment Rate

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3.9%

#33 in the US

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$277

#38 in the US

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30,979

#38 in the US

Wisconsin - Unemployment Rate

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3.1%

#34 in the US

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$305

#33 in the US

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96,262

#19 in the US

Wyoming - Unemployment Rate

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3.1%

#35 in the US

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$420

#10 in the US

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9,071

#51 in the US