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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 Bureau of Labor Statistics does not administer or oversee unemployment insurance (UI) programs. You should contact your State workforce agency for information, using the Department of Labor's Career Onestop Service Locator.

Next Releases:

  • The State Employment and Unemployment data for September 2019 are scheduled to be released on October 18, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for September 2019 are scheduled to be released on October 30, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

LAU Economic News Releases

August jobless rates down in 5 states, up in 3; payroll jobs up in 5 states, down in 1

09/20/2019

In August, unemployment rates were lower in 5 states, higher in 3 states, and stable in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 5 states, decreased in 1, and was essentially unchanged in 44 states and the District.
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August jobless rates down over the year in 224 of 389 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 52

10/02/2019

Jobless rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 224 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 132, and unchanged in 33. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 52 metropolitan areas over the year and essentially unchanged in 337.
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Jobless rates down in 25 states in 2018; employment-population ratios up in 9 states

02/28/2019

Annual average unemployment rates in 2018 decreased in 25 states, increased in 1, and were little changed in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Employment-population ratios increased in 9 states, decreased in 1, and were little changed in 40 states and the District.
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Caution: data in many archived news releases have been revised in subsequent releases.

 

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Unemployment Rates, seasonally adjusted News Release

Alabama
3.1%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Alaska
6.2%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Arizona
5.0%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Arkansas
3.4%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

California
4.1%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Colorado
2.8%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Connecticut
3.6%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Delaware
3.4%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

D.C.
5.5%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Florida
3.3%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Georgia
3.6%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Hawaii
2.7%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Idaho
2.9%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Illinois
4.0%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Indiana
3.3%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Iowa
2.5%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Kansas
3.2%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Kentucky
4.4%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Louisiana
4.3%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Maine
2.9%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Maryland
3.8%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Massachusetts
2.9%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Michigan
4.2%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Minnesota
3.3%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Mississippi
5.2%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Missouri
3.2%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Montana
3.3%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Nebraska
3.1%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Nevada
4.1%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

New Hampshire
2.5%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

New Jersey
3.2%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

New Mexico
4.9%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

New York
4.0%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

North Carolina
4.2%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

North Dakota
2.4%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Ohio
4.1%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Oklahoma
3.2%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Oregon
4.0%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Pennsylvania
3.9%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Puerto Rico
7.7% in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Rhode Island
3.6%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

South Carolina
3.2%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

South Dakota
2.9%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Tennessee
3.5%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Texas
3.4%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Utah
2.8%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Vermont
2.1%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Virginia
2.8%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Washington
4.6%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

West Virginia
4.6%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Wisconsin
3.1%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

Wyoming
3.7%(p) in Aug 2019 Historical Data

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