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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 October 2019 are scheduled to be released on November 19, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for October 2019 are scheduled to be released on November 27, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

LAU Economic News Releases

September jobless rates down in 7 states, up in 4; payroll jobs up in 3 states, down in 2

10/18/2019

In September, unemployment rates were lower in 7 states, higher in 4 states, and stable in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 3 states, decreased in 2, and was essentially unchanged in 45 states and the District.
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Sept. jobless rates down over the year in 254 of 389 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 56

10/30/2019

Jobless rates were lower in September than a year earlier in 254 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 104, and unchanged in 31. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 56 metropolitan areas over the year and essentially unchanged in 333.
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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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STATEWIDE DATA

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METROPOLITAN AREA DATA

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COUNTY DATA

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  • Labor force data by county, 2003 annual averages (TXT, XLS)
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  • Labor force data by county, 1991 annual averages (TXT, XLS)
  • Labor force data by county, 1990 annual averages (TXT, XLS)
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Unemployment Rates, seasonally adjusted News Release

Alabama
3.0%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Alaska
6.2%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Arizona
4.9%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Arkansas
3.5%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

California
4.0%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Colorado
2.7%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Connecticut
3.6%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Delaware
3.5%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

D.C.
5.4%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Florida
3.2%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Georgia
3.5%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Hawaii
2.7%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Idaho
2.9%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Illinois
3.9%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Indiana
3.2%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Iowa
2.5%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Kansas
3.2%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Kentucky
4.4%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Louisiana
4.3%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Maine
2.9%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Maryland
3.7%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Massachusetts
2.9%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Michigan
4.2%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Minnesota
3.2%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Mississippi
5.4%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Missouri
3.1%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Montana
3.3%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Nebraska
3.1%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Nevada
4.1%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

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

New Jersey
3.1%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

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

New York
3.9%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

North Carolina
4.1%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

North Dakota
2.5%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Ohio
4.2%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Oklahoma
3.2%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Oregon
4.1%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Pennsylvania
4.0%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Puerto Rico
7.6% in Sep 2019 Historical Data

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

South Carolina
2.9%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

South Dakota
3.0%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Tennessee
3.4%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Texas
3.4%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Utah
2.7%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Vermont
2.2%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Virginia
2.7%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Washington
4.6%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

West Virginia
4.7%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Wisconsin
3.2%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

Wyoming
3.8%(p) in Sep 2019 Historical Data

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