Colorado and North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rates among the states in June 2017

July 26, 2017

In June 2017, Colorado and North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rates among the states, at 2.3 percent each. Alaska had the highest jobless rate, at 6.8 percent, followed by New Mexico, at 6.4 percent.

State unemployment rates, June 2017, seasonally adjusted
State or area June 2016 June 2017

United States

4.9% 4.4%

Colorado

3.4 2.3

North Dakota

3.2 2.3

Hawaii

3.1 2.7

Nebraska

3.2 2.9

New Hampshire

2.9 2.9

Indiana

4.5 3.0

South Dakota

2.8 3.0

Idaho

3.8 3.1

Wisconsin

4.2 3.1

Iowa

3.8 3.2

Vermont

3.3 3.2

Arkansas

4.1 3.4

Utah

3.4 3.4

Maine

3.9 3.5

Tennessee

4.7 3.6

Kansas

4.2 3.7

Minnesota

3.9 3.7

Oregon

5.1 3.7

Virginia

4.0 3.7

Michigan

4.8 3.8

Missouri

4.7 3.8

Montana

4.2 3.9

Wyoming

5.5 3.9

South Carolina

4.9 4.0

Florida

4.9 4.1

Maryland

4.3 4.1

New Jersey

5.1 4.1

North Carolina

4.9 4.2

Rhode Island

5.4 4.2

Massachusetts

3.7 4.3

Oklahoma

5.0 4.3

New York

4.9 4.5

Washington

5.5 4.5

Alabama

5.8 4.6

Texas

4.7 4.6

West Virginia

6.0 4.6

California

5.5 4.7

Delaware

4.4 4.7

Illinois

5.9 4.7

Nevada

5.7 4.7

Georgia

5.3 4.8

Connecticut

5.2 5.0

Mississippi

5.9 5.0

Ohio

4.9 5.0

Pennsylvania

5.5 5.0

Arizona

5.3 5.1

Kentucky

5.0 5.1

Louisiana

6.2 5.5

District of Columbia

6.1 6.2

New Mexico

6.7 6.4

Alaska

6.7 6.8

Note: State unemployment rates for June 2017 are preliminary and may be revised.

In total, 19 states had unemployment rates in June that were lower than the U.S. figure of 4.4 percent, 5 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 26 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

From June 2016 to June 2017, unemployment rates declined in 27 states and saw little or no change in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Unemployment rates were lower than in the previous month in 10 states, higher in 2 states, and stable in 38 states and the District of Columbia. The national unemployment rate, 4.4 percent, was little changed from May but was 0.5 percentage point lower than in June 2016.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. State unemployment data for June 2017 are preliminary and may be revised. Unemployment data for the states are available beginning in January 1976. For more information, see “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — June 2017” (HTML) (PDF). For more charts and tables related to state employment and unemployment, see the State unemployment chart package.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Colorado and North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rates among the states in June 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/colorado-and-north-dakota-had-the-lowest-unemployment-rates-among-the-states-in-june-2017.htm (visited July 20, 2019).

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