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Hawaii and Nevada have the highest unemployment rates in October 2020

November 27, 2020

Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate increases from October 2019 to October 2020, the largest of which occurred in Hawaii (+11.6 percentage points) and Nevada (+8.3 points).

Change in unemployment rates for states from October 2019 to October 2020
State 12-month change October 2020 unemployment rate October 2019 unemployment rate

Alabama

3.1 percentage points 5.8% 2.7%

Alaska

-0.2 5.9 6.1

Arizona

3.5 8.0 4.5

Arkansas

2.7 6.2 3.5

California

5.4 9.3 3.9

Colorado

3.9 6.4 2.5

Connecticut

2.3 6.1 3.8

Delaware

1.6 5.6 4.0

District of Columbia

2.9 8.2 5.3

Florida

3.6 6.5 2.9

Georgia

1.3 4.5 3.2

Hawaii

11.6 14.3 2.7

Idaho

2.6 5.5 2.9

Illinois

3.1 6.8 3.7

Indiana

1.8 5.0 3.2

Iowa

0.8 3.6 2.8

Kansas

2.2 5.3 3.1

Kentucky

3.1 7.4 4.3

Louisiana

4.2 9.4 5.2

Maine

2.4 5.4 3.0

Maryland

4.4 7.8 3.4

Massachusetts

4.6 7.4 2.8

Michigan

1.6 5.5 3.9

Minnesota

1.3 4.6 3.3

Mississippi

1.8 7.4 5.6

Missouri

1.2 4.6 3.4

Montana

1.4 4.9 3.5

Nebraska

0.0 3.0 3.0

Nevada

8.3 12.0 3.7

New Hampshire

1.6 4.2 2.6

New Jersey

4.5 8.2 3.7

New Mexico

3.3 8.1 4.8

New York

5.7 9.6 3.9

North Carolina

2.6 6.3 3.7

North Dakota

2.4 4.8 2.4

Ohio

1.5 5.6 4.1

Oklahoma

2.7 6.1 3.4

Oregon

3.5 6.9 3.4

Pennsylvania

2.7 7.3 4.6

Rhode Island

3.5 7.0 3.5

South Carolina

1.8 4.2 2.4

South Dakota

0.2 3.6 3.4

Tennessee

4.1 7.4 3.3

Texas

3.4 6.9 3.5

Utah

1.7 4.1 2.4

Vermont

0.8 3.2 2.4

Virginia

2.6 5.3 2.7

Washington

2.0 6.0 4.0

West Virginia

1.3 6.4 5.1

Wisconsin

2.2 5.7 3.5

Wyoming

1.8 5.5 3.7

Hawaii had the highest unemployment rate in October, 14.3 percent, followed by Nevada, 12.0 percent. Nebraska and Vermont had the lowest rates, 3.0 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively. In total, 26 states had jobless rates lower than the U.S. figure of 6.9 percent, 9 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 15 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 — October 2020." Also see more charts and maps on state employment and unemployment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Hawaii and Nevada have the highest unemployment rates in October 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/hawaii-and-nevada-have-the-highest-unemployment-rates-in-october-2020.htm (visited September 21, 2021).

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