State unemployment rate in the U.S. as of September 2018 (seasonally adjusted)

State unemployment rate in the U.S. September 2018 This table ranks the 50 states of the United States, and the District of Columbia, by their unemployment rate. In September 2018, about 2.2 percent of Hawaii's population was unemployed. The highest unemployment rate recorded was in Alaska at 6.5 percent.
Unemployment in the U.S.

A person is considered unemployed if they have no job and are currently looking for a job and available to work. The unemployment rate in the United States varies across states. Nation-wide unemployment was 3.7 percent as of September 2018. Unemployment can be affected by various factors including economic conditions and global competition. During economic prosperity unemployment rates generally decrease and during times of recession, rates increase. Many Americans believe that job creation should be one of the most important priorities set by the government. Since 1990, the country’s unemployment rate reached a low of 4 percent in 2000 and a high in 2010 at 9.6 percent. It has been argued that the definition of unemployment is too narrow and does not include some groups of people, such as the “underemployed” and the “hidden unemployed”, which account for about 3.3 million Americans.
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StateUnemployment rate
Alaska6.5%
District of Columbia5.7%
West Virginia5.2%
Louisiana5%
Mississippi4.8%
Arizona4.7%
Ohio4.6%
New Mexico4.6%
Kentucky4.5%
Nevada4.5%
Washington4.4%
Maryland4.2%
Connecticut4.2%
New Jersey4.2%
Alabama4.1%
Wyoming4.1%
Illinois4.1%
California4.1%
New York4.1%
Pennsylvania4.1%
Michigan4%
Delaware4%
Rhode Island3.9%
Texas3.8%
Oregon3.8%
North Carolina3.8%
Georgia3.7%
Montana3.6%
Tennessee3.6%
Massachusetts3.6%
Arkansas3.5%
Oklahoma3.5%
Florida3.5%
Indiana3.5%
Kansas3.3%
Maine3.3%
South Carolina3.3%
Utah3.2%
Missouri3.2%
Colorado3.1%
Wisconsin3%
South Dakota3%
Vermont2.9%
Virginia2.9%
Minnesota2.8%
Nebraska2.8%
Idaho2.7%
New Hampshire2.7%
North Dakota2.7%
Iowa2.5%
Hawaii2.2%
StateUnemployment rate
Alaska6.5%
District of Columbia5.7%
West Virginia5.2%
Louisiana5%
Mississippi4.8%
Arizona4.7%
Ohio4.6%
New Mexico4.6%
Kentucky4.5%
Nevada4.5%
Washington4.4%
Maryland4.2%
Connecticut4.2%
New Jersey4.2%
Alabama4.1%
Wyoming4.1%
Illinois4.1%
California4.1%
New York4.1%
Pennsylvania4.1%
Michigan4%
Delaware4%
Rhode Island3.9%
Texas3.8%
Oregon3.8%
North Carolina3.8%
Georgia3.7%
Montana3.6%
Tennessee3.6%
Massachusetts3.6%
Arkansas3.5%
Oklahoma3.5%
Florida3.5%
Indiana3.5%
Kansas3.3%
Maine3.3%
South Carolina3.3%
Utah3.2%
Missouri3.2%
Colorado3.1%
Wisconsin3%
South Dakota3%
Vermont2.9%
Virginia2.9%
Minnesota2.8%
Nebraska2.8%
Idaho2.7%
New Hampshire2.7%
North Dakota2.7%
Iowa2.5%
Hawaii2.2%
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This table ranks the 50 states of the United States, and the District of Columbia, by their unemployment rate. In September 2018, about 2.2 percent of Hawaii's population was unemployed. The highest unemployment rate recorded was in Alaska at 6.5 percent.
Unemployment in the U.S.

A person is considered unemployed if they have no job and are currently looking for a job and available to work. The unemployment rate in the United States varies across states. Nation-wide unemployment was 3.7 percent as of September 2018. Unemployment can be affected by various factors including economic conditions and global competition. During economic prosperity unemployment rates generally decrease and during times of recession, rates increase. Many Americans believe that job creation should be one of the most important priorities set by the government. Since 1990, the country’s unemployment rate reached a low of 4 percent in 2000 and a high in 2010 at 9.6 percent. It has been argued that the definition of unemployment is too narrow and does not include some groups of people, such as the “underemployed” and the “hidden unemployed”, which account for about 3.3 million Americans.
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Release date
October 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
September 2018
Age group
16 years and older
Supplementary notes
Data are seasonally adjusted.
Rates shown are a percentage of the labor force.
Data refer to place of residence.
Estimates for the current month are subject to revision the following month.

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