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The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, States, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence. More »

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  • The State Employment and Unemployment data for September 2021 are scheduled to be released on October 22, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for September 2021 are scheduled to be released on November 3, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

LAU Economic News Releases

August jobless rates down in 15 states; payroll jobs up in 11 states, down in 3

09/17/2021

In August, unemployment rates were lower in 15 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 35 states. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 11 states, decreased in 3 states, and was essentially unchanged in 36 states and the District.
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August jobless rates down over the year in 385 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 104

09/29/2021

Jobless rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 385 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 3, and unchanged in 1. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 104 metropolitan areas over the year and essentially unchanged in 285.
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Unemployment rates up and employment-population ratios down in all states in 2020

03/03/2021

Annual average unemployment rates increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2020. Employment-population ratios decreased in all 50 states and the District.
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Alabama
3.1%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Alaska
6.4%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Arizona
6.2%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Arkansas
4.2%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

California
7.5%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Colorado
5.9%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Connecticut
7.2%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Delaware
5.4%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

D.C.
6.5%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Florida
5.0%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Georgia
3.5%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Hawaii
7.0%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Idaho
2.9%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Illinois
7.0%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Indiana
4.1%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Iowa
4.1%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Kansas
3.8%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Kentucky
4.3%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Louisiana
6.2%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Maine
4.9%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Maryland
5.9%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Massachusetts
5.0%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Michigan
4.7%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Minnesota
3.8%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Mississippi
6.0%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Missouri
4.0%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Montana
3.5%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Nebraska
2.2%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Nevada
7.7%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

New Hampshire
3.0%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

New Jersey
7.2%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

New Mexico
7.2%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

New York
7.4%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

North Carolina
4.3%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

North Dakota
3.6%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Ohio
5.4%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Oklahoma
3.2%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Oregon
4.9%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Pennsylvania
6.4%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Puerto Rico
8.4% in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Rhode Island
5.8%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

South Carolina
4.2%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

South Dakota
2.9%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Tennessee
4.6%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Texas
5.9%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Utah
2.6%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Vermont
3.0%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Virginia
4.0%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Washington
5.1%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

West Virginia
4.8%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Wisconsin
3.9%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

Wyoming
4.9%(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

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