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States with unemployment rates significantly different from the U.S. rate in June 2019

July 24, 2019

In June, 13 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 3.7 percent.  Nine states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 28 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

 States with unemployment rates significantly different from that of the United States, June 2019, seasonally adjusted
State Unemployment rate

United States, total

3.7%

Alaska

6.4

District of Columbia

5.6

Mississippi

5.0

Arizona

4.9

New Mexico

4.9

West Virginia

4.7

Washington

4.6

Illinois

4.3

Louisiana

4.3

California

4.2

Colorado

3.0

Massachusetts

3.0

Nebraska

3.0

South Dakota

2.9

Virginia

2.9

Wisconsin

2.9

Hawaii

2.8

Idaho

2.8

Utah

2.8

New Hampshire

2.5

Iowa

2.4

North Dakota

2.3

Vermont

2.1

Vermont had the lowest unemployment rate in June, 2.1 percent. The rates in Alabama (3.5 percent), Arkansas (3.5 percent), New Jersey (3.5 percent), and Texas (3.4 percent) set new series lows. Alaska had the highest jobless rate, 6.4 percent. (All state series begin in 1976.)

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “State Employment and Unemployment — June 2019.” For more charts made from state employment and unemployment data, see the state chart package.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, States with unemployment rates significantly different from the U.S. rate in June 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/states-with-unemployment-rates-significantly-different-from-the-u-s-rate-in-june-2019.htm (visited October 26, 2020).

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