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Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York had highest unemployment rates in June 2020

July 22, 2020

Massachusetts had the highest unemployment rate in June, 17.4 percent, followed by New Jersey, 16.6 percent, and New York, 15.7 percent. The rates in these three states set new highs. (All state data begin in 1976.) Kentucky had the lowest unemployment rate in June, 4.3 percent.

State unemployment rates, seasonally adjusted
State June 2020 unemployment rate June 2019 unemployment rate 12-month percentage point change

Massachusetts

17.4% 2.9% 14.5

New Jersey

16.6 3.3 13.3

New York

15.7 3.9 11.8

Nevada

15.0 3.9 11.1

California

14.9 4.0 10.9

Michigan

14.8 4.2 10.6

Illinois

14.6 4.0 10.6

Hawaii

13.9 2.7 11.2

Pennsylvania

13.0 4.3 8.7

Delaware

12.5 3.7 8.8

Alaska

12.4 6.2 6.2

Rhode Island

12.4 3.6 8.8

New Hampshire

11.8 2.5 9.3

Indiana

11.2 3.3 7.9

Oregon

11.2 3.8 7.4

Ohio

10.9 4.1 6.8

Colorado

10.5 2.7 7.8

Florida

10.4 3.2 7.2

West Virginia

10.4 4.7 5.7

Arizona

10.0 4.8 5.2

Connecticut

9.8 3.7 6.1

Washington

9.8 4.3 5.5

Louisiana

9.7 4.6 5.1

Tennessee

9.7 3.4 6.3

Vermont

9.4 2.4 7.0

Mississippi

8.7 5.4 3.3

South Carolina

8.7 2.9 5.8

District of Columbia

8.6 5.4 3.2

Minnesota

8.6 3.2 5.4

Texas

8.6 3.4 5.2

Wisconsin

8.5 3.4 5.1

Virginia

8.4 2.8 5.6

New Mexico

8.3 4.9 3.4

Arkansas

8.0 3.6 4.4

Iowa

8.0 2.7 5.3

Maryland

8.0 3.6 4.4

Missouri

7.9 3.1 4.8

Georgia

7.6 3.5 4.1

North Carolina

7.6 4.0 3.6

Wyoming

7.6 3.6 4.0

Alabama

7.5 2.9 4.6

Kansas

7.5 3.1 4.4

South Dakota

7.2 3.3 3.9

Montana

7.1 3.5 3.6

Nebraska

6.7 3.1 3.6

Maine

6.6 2.9 3.7

Oklahoma

6.6 3.2 3.4

North Dakota

6.1 2.4 3.7

Idaho

5.6 2.9 2.7

Utah

5.1 2.6 2.5

Kentucky

4.3 4.3 0.0

Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia had jobless rates in June 2020 that were higher than a year earlier, while Kentucky had no change.

The largest unemployment rate increases from June 2019 occurred in Massachusetts (+14.5 percentage points) and New Jersey (+13.3 points), with another six states experiencing increases of 10.0 points or more. The smallest over-the-year rate increases occurred in Utah (+2.5 percentage points) and Idaho (+2.7 points). Kentucky was the only state that did not have an increase in its unemployment rate compared with June 2019.

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 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, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York had highest unemployment rates in June 2020 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/massachusetts-new-jersey-and-new-york-had-highest-unemployment-rates-in-june-2020.htm (visited October 27, 2020).

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