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Three states had unemployment rates above 10 percent in November 2020

December 29, 2020

Three states had unemployment rates above 10.0 percent in November 2020: New Jersey at 10.2 percent and Hawaii and Nevada at 10.1 percent each. Nebraska and Vermont had the lowest rates, 3.1 percent each. In total, 26 states had jobless rates lower than the U.S. figure of 6.7 percent, 11 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 13 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

State unemployment rates and number of unemployed people, November 2020
State Unemployment rate, November 2020 Number of unemployed people, November 2020 Number of unemployed people, November 2019 Net change in unemployed people, November 2019 to November 2020

New Jersey

10.2% 462,645 168,168 294,477

Nevada

10.1 153,379 57,032 96,347

Hawaii

10.1 66,426 17,666 48,760

New York

8.4 771,153 371,213 399,940

Louisiana

8.3 173,970 109,331 64,639

California

8.2 1,542,117 753,741 788,376

Connecticut

8.2 154,627 72,373 82,254

Texas

8.1 1,153,252 496,337 656,915

Alaska

8.1 28,757 21,238 7,519

Arizona

7.8 280,541 163,112 117,429

New Mexico

7.5 69,179 45,680 23,499

District of Columbia

7.5 30,000 21,843 8,157

Rhode Island

7.3 39,218 19,296 19,922

Illinois

6.9 425,937 235,583 190,354

Michigan

6.9 341,839 190,354 151,485

Maryland

6.8 212,833 111,898 100,935

Massachusetts

6.7 241,109 106,510 134,599

Pennsylvania

6.6 418,383 304,070 114,313

Florida

6.4 651,129 296,723 354,406

Colorado

6.4 199,318 80,143 119,175

Mississippi

6.4 81,608 71,296 10,312

North Carolina

6.2 308,905 185,638 123,267

Arkansas

6.2 82,860 48,190 34,670

West Virginia

6.2 47,558 40,794 6,764

Washington

6.0 229,465 158,520 70,945

Oregon

6.0 126,756 71,088 55,668

Oklahoma

5.9 109,364 62,123 47,241

Georgia

5.7 296,199 161,210 134,989

Ohio

5.7 324,109 236,970 87,139

Kansas

5.6 86,209 46,906 39,303

Kentucky

5.6 112,098 90,300 21,798

Tennessee

5.3 182,340 111,587 70,753

Delaware

5.1 24,418 19,448 4,970

Wyoming

5.1 15,005 10,828 4,177

Indiana

5.0 167,979 107,503 60,476

Wisconsin

5.0 156,549 107,600 48,949

Maine

5.0 33,515 20,631 12,884

Virginia

4.9 208,155 118,434 89,721

Montana

4.9 26,565 18,739 7,826

Idaho

4.8 43,814 25,377 18,437

North Dakota

4.5 17,936 9,639 8,297

South Carolina

4.4 102,186 56,712 45,474

Alabama

4.4 100,537 61,381 39,156

Minnesota

4.4 133,782 101,928 31,854

Missouri

4.4 131,215 106,453 24,762

Utah

4.3 70,878 39,509 31,369

New Hampshire

3.8 28,145 19,917 8,228

Iowa

3.6 57,875 49,397 8,478

South Dakota

3.5 15,961 15,795 166

Vermont

3.1 9,973 8,263 1,710

Nebraska

3.1 31,709 31,147 562

In November 2020, the largest unemployment rate decrease occurred in Hawaii (-4.1 percentage points). Rates declined over the month by at least 1.0 percentage point in an additional seven states. The largest over-the-month jobless rate increases occurred in Alaska and New Jersey (+2.2 percentage points each) and Connecticut (+2.1 points).

Every state had more unemployed people in November 2020 than in November 2019. Both California and Texas had over 1 million unemployed people in November 2020.

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 — November 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, Three states had unemployment rates above 10 percent in November 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/three-states-had-unemployment-rates-above-10-percent-in-november-2020.htm (visited March 06, 2021).

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