U.S. unemployment rate by industry and class of worker January 2020

As of January 2020, the agriculture and related industry had the highest unemployment rate in the United States, at 12.5 percent. In comparison, workers in the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industry experienced the lowest unemployment rate, at 1.9 percent. The average for all industries was four percent.

U.S. unemployment

There are several factors that impact unemployment, as it fluctuates with the state of the economy. Unfortunately, the forecasted unemployment rate in the United States is expected to increase. Those with a bachelor’s degree or higher saw the lowest unemployment rate from 1992 to 2019 in the United States. This is attributed to the fact that higher levels of education are seen as more desirable in the workforce.

Alaskan unemployment

Alaska is consistently the state with the highest unemployment rate in the country, and Vermont typically has the lowest unemployment. These are seasonally adjusted rates, which means that seasonal factors such as holiday periods and weather events that influence employment periods are removed. Overall, Alaska has a regularly high unemployment partially due to its highly rural and isolated population. Altogether, Alaska’s economy is primarily dominated in the oil and gas industry.

Unemployment rate in the United States by industry and class of worker in January 2020

Industry and class of workerUnemployment rate
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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

January 2020

Age group

16 years and older

Supplementary notes

Data are not seasonally adjusted.
* Persons with no previous work experience and persons whose last job was in the U.S. Armed Forces are included in the unemployed total.

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