State unemployment rate in the U.S. December 2019

This table ranks the 50 states of the United States and the District of Columbia by their unemployment rate. In December 2019, about 2.6 percent of Hawaii's population was unemployed. The highest unemployment rate recorded was in Alaska at 6.1 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 3.5 percent as of December 2019. 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 3.9 percent in 2018 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.

State unemployment rate in the U.S. as of December 2019

StateUnemployment rate
Alaska6.1%
Mississippi5.7%
District of Columbia5.3%
West Virginia5%
Louisiana4.9%
New Mexico4.7%
Arizona4.6%
Pennsylvania4.5%
Kentucky4.3%
Washington4.3%
Ohio4.2%
New York4%
California3.9%
Michigan3.9%
Delaware3.9%
Nevada3.8%
Connecticut3.7%
North Carolina3.7%
Oregon3.7%
Wyoming3.7%
Illinois3.7%
Arkansas3.6%
Texas3.5%
New Jersey3.5%
Maryland3.5%
Rhode Island3.5%
Montana3.4%
Wisconsin3.4%
Oklahoma3.4%
Minnesota3.3%
Tennessee3.3%
Missouri3.3%
Georgia3.2%
South Dakota3.2%
Kansas3.2%
Indiana3.2%
Nebraska3.1%
Florida3%
Maine2.9%
Idaho2.9%
Massachusetts2.8%
Alabama2.7%
Iowa2.7%
New Hampshire2.6%
Hawaii2.6%
Virginia2.6%
Colorado2.5%
North Dakota2.4%
Utah2.3%
South Carolina2.3%
Vermont2.3%
Loading statistic...
You need to log in to download this statistic
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

December 2019

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.

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.

Single Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references

$59 / Month *

Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract.
   Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "U.S. unemployment"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.