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All 50 states and the District had jobless rate increases from a year earlier in September 2020

October 26, 2020

Unemployment rates were lower in September 2020 than in August in 30 states, higher in 8 states, and stable in 12 states and the District of Columbia. All 50 states and the District had jobless rate increases from a year earlier.

Unemployment rate, 12-month change in the unemployment rate, and number of unemployed in September 2020, by state, seasonally adjusted
State and area Unemployment rate 12-month change Number of unemployed

Alabama

6.6% 3.9 percentage point(s) 148,912

Alaska

7.2 1.0 23,836

Arizona

6.7 2.1 237,774

Arkansas

7.3 3.7 97,191

California

11.0 7.1 2,058,786

Colorado

6.4 3.8 201,997

Connecticut

7.8 4.1 147,117

Delaware

8.2 4.3 40,394

District of Columbia

8.7 3.4 34,476

Florida

7.6 4.7 769,859

Georgia

6.4 3.2 316,740

Hawaii

15.1 12.4 92,544

Idaho

6.1 3.2 56,303

Illinois

10.2 6.5 652,104

Indiana

6.2 3.0 208,281

Iowa

4.7 1.9 76,564

Kansas

5.9 2.8 87,728

Kentucky

5.6 1.3 107,923

Louisiana

8.1 3.0 170,329

Maine

6.1 3.2 41,373

Maryland

7.2 3.7 219,375

Massachusetts

9.6 6.8 365,410

Michigan

8.5 4.6 416,524

Minnesota

6.0 2.8 182,763

Mississippi

7.1 1.5 91,796

Missouri

4.9 1.6 146,051

Montana

5.3 1.8 28,114

Nebraska

3.5 0.5 36,333

Nevada

12.6 8.9 191,707

New Hampshire

6.0 3.4 44,513

New Jersey

6.7 3.1 293,229

New Mexico

9.4 4.6 89,561

New York

9.7 5.8 884,650

North Carolina

7.3 3.6 356,952

North Dakota

4.4 2.0 17,269

Ohio

8.4 4.3 471,522

Oklahoma

5.3 2.0 99,813

Oregon

8.0 4.5 165,048

Pennsylvania

8.1 3.5 518,081

Rhode Island

10.5 7.0 59,014

South Carolina

5.1 2.7 121,485

South Dakota

4.1 0.7 19,059

Tennessee

6.3 3.0 210,958

Texas

8.3 4.8 1,185,086

Utah

5.0 2.5 82,811

Vermont

4.2 1.8 13,553

Virginia

6.2 3.5 263,865

Washington

7.8 3.7 303,378

West Virginia

8.6 3.6 66,549

Wisconsin

5.4 2.0 169,384

Wyoming

6.1 2.4 17,970

Puerto Rico

8.4 0.5 87,258

Hawaii had the highest unemployment rate in September 2020 at 15.1 percent, followed by Nevada at 12.6 percent. Nebraska had the lowest rate, 3.5 percent, which was followed by South Dakota at 4.1 percent and Vermont at 4.2 percent.

California had the largest number of unemployed people in September 2020, 2.1 million. This was followed by Texas at 1.1 million people.

The largest unemployment rate increases from September 2019 occurred in Hawaii (+12.4 percentage points) and Nevada (+8.9 points). The smallest over-the-year rate increases occurred in Nebraska (+0.5 percentage point) and South Dakota (+0.7 point).

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 — September 2020." Also see more charts and maps on state employment and unemployment data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, All 50 states and the District had jobless rate increases from a year earlier in September 2020 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/all-50-states-and-the-district-had-jobless-rate-increases-from-a-year-earlier-in-september-2020.htm (visited November 30, 2020).

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