Unemployment rate 2.1 percent in Hawaii, 7.1 percent in Alaska, in June 2018

July 25, 2018

Hawaii had the lowest unemployment rate among the states in June 2018, 2.1 percent. The rate in Oregon (4.0 percent) set a new series low. (All state series begin in 1976.) Alaska had the highest jobless rate in June, 7.1 percent.

Unemployment rates by state, June 2018, seasonally adjusted
State Unemployment rate Significantly different from U.S.
unemployment rate (4.0 percent)

Hawaii

2.1% Yes

North Dakota

2.6 Yes

Colorado

2.7 Yes

Iowa

2.7 Yes

New Hampshire

2.7 Yes

Vermont

2.8 Yes

Idaho

2.9 Yes

Maine

2.9 Yes

Nebraska

2.9 Yes

Wisconsin

2.9 Yes

Utah

3.0 Yes

Minnesota

3.1 Yes

South Dakota

3.2 Yes

Virginia

3.2 Yes

Indiana

3.3 Yes

Kansas

3.4 Yes

Massachusetts

3.5 No

Missouri

3.5 No

Tennessee

3.5 No

Wyoming

3.7 No

Arkansas

3.8 No

Florida

3.8 No

Montana

3.8 No

South Carolina

3.8 No

Delaware

3.9 No

Oklahoma

3.9 No

Oregon

4.0 No

Texas

4.0 No

Alabama

4.1 No

Georgia

4.1 No

California

4.2 No

Kentucky

4.2 No

North Carolina

4.2 No

Illinois

4.3 No

Maryland

4.3 No

New Jersey

4.3 No

Pennsylvania

4.3 No

Rhode Island

4.3 No

Connecticut

4.4 No

Michigan

4.5 No

New York

4.5 No

Ohio

4.5 No

Arizona

4.7 No

Louisiana

4.7 Yes

Mississippi

4.7 Yes

Nevada

4.7 No

Washington

4.7 Yes

New Mexico

4.9 Yes

West Virginia

5.3 Yes

District of Columbia

5.6 Yes

Alaska

7.1 Yes

Sixteen states had unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. rate of 4.0 percent in June 2018. Six states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rates that were significantly higher than the U.S. rate, and 28 states had rates that were not significantly different from the national rate.

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 — June 2018." We also have more charts and maps on state employment and unemployment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rate 2.1 percent in Hawaii, 7.1 percent in Alaska, in June 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/unemployment-rate-2-point-1-percent-in-hawaii-7-point-1-percent-in-alaska-in-june-2018.htm (visited July 23, 2019).

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