Unemployment rate 2.0 percent in Hawaii in April 2018

May 30, 2018

In April 2018, Hawaii had the lowest unemployment rate among the states, 2.0 percent. Unemployment rates were 2.9 percent or lower in New Hampshire, North Dakota, Maine, Iowa, Nebraska, Vermont, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Idaho.

Unemployment rates by state, April 2018, seasonally adjusted
State Unemployment rate (p) Significantly different from
U.S. unemployment rate
(3.9 percent)

Hawaii

2.0% Yes

New Hampshire

2.6 Yes

North Dakota

2.6 Yes

Maine

2.7 Yes

Iowa

2.8 Yes

Nebraska

2.8 Yes

Vermont

2.8 Yes

Wisconsin

2.8 Yes

Colorado

2.9 Yes

Idaho

2.9 Yes

Utah

3.1 Yes

Indiana

3.2 Yes

Minnesota

3.2 Yes

Virginia

3.3 Yes

Kansas

3.4 Yes

South Dakota

3.4 Yes

Tennessee

3.4 No

Massachusetts

3.5 No

Missouri

3.6 No

Alabama

3.8 No

Arkansas

3.8 No

Wyoming

3.8 No

Florida

3.9 No

Kentucky

4.0 No

Montana

4.0 No

Oklahoma

4.0 No

Oregon

4.1 No

Texas

4.1 No

California

4.2 No

Delaware

4.2 No

South Carolina

4.2 No

Georgia

4.3 No

Maryland

4.3 No

Ohio

4.3 No

Illinois

4.4 No

North Carolina

4.4 No

Connecticut

4.5 No

Louisiana

4.5 No

New Jersey

4.5 Yes

Rhode Island

4.5 No

Mississippi

4.6 No

New York

4.6 Yes

Michigan

4.7 Yes

Pennsylvania

4.7 Yes

Washington

4.8 Yes

Arizona

4.9 Yes

Nevada

4.9 Yes

New Mexico

5.4 Yes

West Virginia

5.4 Yes

District of Columbia

5.6 Yes

Alaska

7.3 Yes

Note: (p) Preliminary.

The jobless rates in California (4.2 percent), Hawaii (2.0 percent), and Wisconsin (2.8 percent) set new series lows. (All state series begin in 1976.)

Alaska had the highest jobless rate, 7.3 percent, followed by the District of Columbia (5.6 percent), and New Mexico and West Virginia (5.4 percent each).

In total, 16 states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 3.9 percent, 10 states and the District of Columbia had significantly higher rates, and 24 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

These 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 — April 2018" (HTML) (PDF). For more charts and tables related to state employment and unemployment, see the State unemployment chart package.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate 2.0 percent in Hawaii in April 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/unemployment-rate-2-point-0-percent-in-hawaii-in-april-2018.htm (visited July 23, 2019).

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