Unemployment figures in the U.S. vary dramatically from state to state. According to this state unemployment ranking by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rates ranged from 2.1 percent in Hawaii to 6.7 percent in Alaska in August 2018. The unemployment rate in California , the state with the largest GDP, was relatively high at 4.8 percent in 2017. Washington's and New York's unemployment rates were also above the national average that year. From an international perspective the, U.S. unemployment rate is relatively low. The average unemployment rate in the European Union was almost twice as high as the average unemployment rate in the United States as of July 2018.