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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 March 2020 are scheduled to be released on April 17, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for February 2020 are scheduled to be released on April 8, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

LAU Economic News Releases

February jobless rates down in 8 states, up in 1; payroll jobs up in 4 states

03/27/2020

In February, unemployment rates were lower in 8 states, higher in 1 state, and stable in 41 states and the District of Columbia. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 4 states and was essentially unchanged in 46 states and the District.
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January jobless rates down over the year in 292 of 389 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 31

03/20/2020

Jobless rates were lower in January than a year earlier in 292 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 77, and unchanged in 20. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 31 metropolitan areas over the year, down in 1, and essentially unchanged in 357.
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Jobless rates down in 10 states in 2019; employment-population ratios up in 16 states

03/04/2020

Annual average unemployment rates in 2019 decreased in 10 states, increased in 1, and were little changed in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Employment- population ratios increased in 16 states, decreased in 2, and were little changed in 32 states and the District.
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Unemployment Rates, seasonally adjusted News Release

Alabama
2.7%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Alaska
5.8%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Arizona
4.5%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Arkansas
3.5%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

California
3.9%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Colorado
2.5%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Connecticut
3.8%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Delaware
3.9%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

D.C.
5.2%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Florida
2.8%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Georgia
3.1%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Hawaii
2.7%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Idaho
2.7%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Illinois
3.4%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Indiana
3.1%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Iowa
2.8%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Kansas
3.1%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Kentucky
4.2%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Louisiana
5.2%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Maine
3.2%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Maryland
3.3%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Massachusetts
2.8%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Michigan
3.6%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Minnesota
3.1%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Mississippi
5.4%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Missouri
3.5%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Montana
3.5%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Nebraska
2.9%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Nevada
3.6%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

New Hampshire
2.6%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

New Jersey
3.8%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

New Mexico
4.8%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

New York
3.7%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

North Carolina
3.6%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

North Dakota
2.2%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Ohio
4.1%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Oklahoma
3.2%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Oregon
3.3%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Pennsylvania
4.7%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Puerto Rico
8.8% in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Rhode Island
3.4%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

South Carolina
2.5%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

South Dakota
3.3%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Tennessee
3.4%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Texas
3.5%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Utah
2.5%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Vermont
2.4%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Virginia
2.6%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Washington
3.8%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

West Virginia
4.9%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Wisconsin
3.5%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Wyoming
3.7%(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

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