California, Hawaii, and Mississippi at record low unemployment rates in December 2017

January 26, 2018

Unemployment rates were lower in December 2017 than in November in 6 states and the District of Columbia, higher in 1 state, and stable in 43 states. Twenty-five states had jobless rate decreases from December 2016, 2 states had increases, and 23 states and the District had little or no change over the year.

State unemployment rates, December 2007 to December 2017, seasonally adjusted
State Links to historic data

Alabama

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST010000000000003

Alaska

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST020000000000003

Arizona

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST040000000000003

Arkansas

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST050000000000003

California

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST060000000000003

Colorado

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST080000000000003

Connecticut

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST090000000000003

Delaware

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST100000000000003

District of Columbia

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST110000000000003

Florida

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST120000000000003

Georgia

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST130000000000003

Hawaii

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST150000000000003

Idaho

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST160000000000003

Illinois

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST170000000000003

Indiana

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST180000000000003

Iowa

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST190000000000003

Kansas

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST200000000000003

Kentucky

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST210000000000003

Louisiana

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST220000000000003

Maine

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST230000000000003

Maryland

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST240000000000003

Massachusetts

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST250000000000003

Michigan

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST260000000000003

Minnesota

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST270000000000003

Mississippi

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST280000000000003

Missouri

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST290000000000003

Montana

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST300000000000003

Nebraska

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST310000000000003

Nevada

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST320000000000003

New Hampshire

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST330000000000003

New Jersey

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST340000000000003

New Mexico

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST350000000000003

New York

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST360000000000003

North Carolina

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST370000000000003

North Dakota

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST380000000000003

Ohio

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST390000000000003

Oklahoma

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST400000000000003

Oregon

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST410000000000003

Pennsylvania

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST420000000000003

Rhode Island

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST440000000000003

South Carolina

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST450000000000003

South Dakota

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST460000000000003

Tennessee

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST470000000000003

Texas

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST480000000000003

Utah

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST490000000000003

Vermont

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST500000000000003

Virginia

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST510000000000003

Washington

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST530000000000003

West Virginia

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST540000000000003

Wisconsin

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST550000000000003

Wyoming

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST560000000000003

Hawaii had the lowest unemployment rate in December 2017, 2.0 percent. The rates in California (4.3 percent), Hawaii (2.0 percent), and Mississippi (4.6 percent) set new series lows. (All state series begin in 1976.) Alaska had the highest jobless rate in December 2017, 7.3 percent.

The state unemployment data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "State Employment and Unemployment — December 2017" (HTML) (PDF). For more charts and tables related to state employment and unemployment, see the state chart package.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, California, Hawaii, and Mississippi at record low unemployment rates in December 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/california-hawaii-and-mississippi-at-record-low-unemployment-rates-in-december-2017.htm (visited July 20, 2019).

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