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Unemployment rates down in 41 states, July 2020 to August 2020

September 24, 2020

Unemployment rates were lower in August 2020 in 41 states, higher in 2 states, and stable in 7 states and the District of Columbia. All 50 states and the District had jobless rate increases from a year earlier. The national unemployment rate fell by 1.8 percentage points over the month to 8.4 percent but was 4.7 points higher than in August 2019.

State unemployment rates, August 2019 to August 2020, seasonally adjusted
State Aug 2019 Sep 2019 Oct 2019 Nov 2019 Dec 2019 Jan 2020 Feb 2020 Mar 2020 Apr 2020 May 2020 Jun 2020 Jul 2020 Aug 2020

Alabama

2.8% 2.7% 2.7% 2.7% 2.7% 2.7% 2.7% 3.0% 13.8% 9.6% 7.6% 7.9% 5.6%

Alaska

6.2 6.2 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.0 5.8 5.2 13.5 12.7 12.4 11.6 7.4

Arizona

4.6 4.6 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 6.1 13.4 9.0 10.0 10.7 5.9

Arkansas

3.6 3.6 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 5.0 10.8 9.6 8.1 7.1 7.4

California

3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 5.5 16.4 16.4 14.9 13.5 11.4

Colorado

2.6 2.6 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 5.2 12.2 10.2 10.6 7.4 6.7

Connecticut

3.7 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.7 3.8 3.4 8.3 9.6 10.1 10.2 8.1

Delaware

3.9 3.9 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.9 5.0 14.9 15.9 12.6 10.5 8.9

District of Columbia

5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.2 5.1 6.0 11.7 8.8 8.7 8.5 8.5

Florida

3.0 2.9 2.9 2.8 2.9 2.8 2.8 4.4 13.8 13.7 10.3 11.4 7.4

Georgia

3.3 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 4.6 12.6 9.4 7.6 7.6 5.6

Hawaii

2.7 2.7 2.7 2.6 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.4 23.8 23.5 13.4 13.5 12.5

Idaho

2.9 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.8 2.7 2.5 11.8 9.0 5.8 5.1 4.2

Illinois

3.8 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.5 3.4 4.2 17.2 15.3 14.5 11.5 11.0

Indiana

3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.0 17.5 12.3 11.1 7.9 6.4

Iowa

2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 3.3 11.0 10.2 8.4 6.8 6.0

Kansas

3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 2.8 11.9 10.0 7.5 7.2 6.9

Kentucky

4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.2 5.2 16.6 10.9 4.4 4.5 7.6

Louisiana

4.9 5.1 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.3 5.2 6.7 15.1 14.2 9.5 9.4 7.6

Maine

2.9 2.9 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.0 10.4 9.4 6.7 9.9 6.9

Maryland

3.6 3.5 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.3 3.3 3.3 10.1 10.0 8.3 7.8 6.9

Massachusetts

2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 16.2 16.6 17.7 16.2 11.3

Michigan

4.0 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.8 3.6 4.3 24.0 21.3 14.9 8.7 8.7

Minnesota

3.2 3.2 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.2 3.1 2.9 8.7 9.9 8.6 7.6 7.4

Mississippi

5.5 5.6 5.6 5.6 5.6 5.5 5.4 5.1 16.3 10.5 8.8 9.4 7.9

Missouri

3.2 3.3 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.5 3.5 3.9 10.2 10.1 7.8 6.9 7.0

Montana

3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.6 11.9 9.0 7.2 6.5 5.6

Nebraska

3.1 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.9 2.9 4.0 8.7 5.3 5.5 4.9 4.0

Nevada

3.8 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.6 6.9 30.1 25.3 15.2 14.2 13.2

New Hampshire

2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.4 17.1 15.4 9.2 8.0 6.5

New Jersey

3.5 3.6 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.7 16.3 15.4 16.8 14.2 10.9

New Mexico

4.8 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.8 6.3 11.9 9.1 8.4 12.7 11.3

New York

3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.8 3.7 4.1 15.3 14.5 15.6 15.9 12.5

North Carolina

3.8 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 4.3 12.9 12.8 7.5 8.5 6.5

North Dakota

2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.2 2.0 9.1 9.1 7.4 6.6 5.0

Ohio

4.2 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1 5.8 17.6 13.9 11.0 9.0 8.9

Oklahoma

3.3 3.3 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.3 3.2 2.9 14.7 12.6 6.4 7.1 5.7

Oregon

3.6 3.5 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.3 3.3 3.5 14.9 14.3 11.6 10.4 7.7

Pennsylvania

4.5 4.6 4.6 4.6 4.6 4.7 4.7 5.8 16.1 13.4 13.2 12.5 10.3

Rhode Island

3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.4 3.4 4.7 18.1 16.4 12.6 11.3 12.8

South Carolina

2.5 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.5 3.2 12.8 12.4 8.7 8.7 6.3

South Dakota

3.3 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.3 3.1 10.9 9.4 7.2 6.4 4.8

Tennessee

3.4 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.4 3.3 15.5 11.0 9.6 9.7 8.5

Texas

3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 5.1 13.5 13.0 8.4 8.0 6.8

Utah

2.5 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.5 2.5 3.8 10.4 8.6 5.3 4.5 4.1

Vermont

2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 3.1 16.5 12.8 9.5 8.3 4.8

Virginia

2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.6 3.3 11.2 9.0 8.1 7.9 6.1

Washington

4.2 4.1 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.9 3.8 5.1 16.3 15.1 10.0 10.2 8.5

West Virginia

4.9 5.0 5.1 5.1 5.1 5.0 4.9 6.0 15.9 12.9 10.5 10.0 8.9

Wisconsin

3.4 3.4 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.1 13.6 12.1 8.6 7.1 6.2

Wyoming

3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.8 9.6 8.8 7.6 7.1 6.6

Nevada had the highest unemployment rate in August, 13.2 percent, followed by Rhode Island, 12.8 percent, and Hawaii and New York, 12.5 percent each.

Nebraska had the lowest rate, 4.0 percent, followed by Utah, 4.1 percent, and Idaho, 4.2 percent. In total, 29 states had jobless rates lower than the U.S. figure of 8.4 percent, 10 states had higher rates, and 11 states and the District of Columbia 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 — August 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, Unemployment rates down in 41 states, July 2020 to August 2020 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/unemployment-rates-down-in-41-states-july-2020-to-august-2020.htm (visited October 25, 2020).

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