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Seven states set all-time unemployment rate lows in July 2022

August 26, 2022

In July 2022, all 50 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier. Minnesota had the lowest jobless rate in July, at 1.8 percent. The next lowest rates were in Nebraska, New Hampshire, and Utah, at 2.0 percent each. The rates in the following seven states set new lows since we began publishing these data in 1976: Alaska (4.5 percent), California (3.9 percent), Georgia (2.8 percent), Louisiana (3.6 percent), Mississippi (3.6 percent), Missouri (2.5 percent), and Washington (3.7 percent). The District of Columbia had the highest unemployment rate, at 5.2 percent, followed by Alaska and New Mexico, at 4.5 percent each.

State unemployment rates, July 2022

State unemployment rates, July 2022, seasonally adjusted
State July 2022 unemployment rate July 2021 unemployment rate 12-month change

Alabama

2.6% 3.4% -0.8 percentage point(s)

Alaska

4.5 6.5 -2.0

Arizona

3.3 4.9 -1.6

Arkansas

3.3 4.0 -0.7

California

3.9 7.4 -3.5

Colorado

3.3 5.6 -2.3

Connecticut

3.7 6.3 -2.6

Delaware

4.4 5.5 -1.1

District of Columbia

5.2 7.1 -1.9

Florida

2.7 4.5 -1.8

Georgia

2.8 3.9 -1.1

Hawaii

4.1 5.5 -1.4

Idaho

2.6 3.6 -1.0

Illinois

4.4 6.2 -1.8

Indiana

2.6 3.7 -1.1

Iowa

2.5 4.4 -1.9

Kansas

2.4 3.4 -1.0

Kentucky

3.7 4.8 -1.1

Louisiana

3.6 5.5 -1.9

Maine

2.8 4.9 -2.1

Maryland

3.9 6.1 -2.2

Massachusetts

3.5 5.7 -2.2

Michigan

4.2 6.2 -2.0

Minnesota

1.8 3.3 -1.5

Mississippi

3.6 5.6 -2.0

Missouri

2.5 4.3 -1.8

Montana

2.7 3.5 -0.8

Nebraska

2.0 2.5 -0.5

Nevada

4.4 6.6 -2.2

New Hampshire

2.0 3.5 -1.5

New Jersey

3.7 6.6 -2.9

New Mexico

4.5 7.0 -2.5

New York

4.4 6.9 -2.5

North Carolina

3.4 4.9 -1.5

North Dakota

2.3 3.4 -1.1

Ohio

3.9 5.1 -1.2

Oklahoma

3.0 3.9 -0.9

Oregon

3.5 5.1 -1.6

Pennsylvania

4.3 6.4 -2.1

Rhode Island

2.7 6.0 -3.3

South Carolina

3.2 4.0 -0.8

South Dakota

2.3 3.2 -0.9

Tennessee

3.3 4.2 -0.9

Texas

4.0 5.6 -1.6

Utah

2.0 2.7 -0.7

Vermont

2.1 3.3 -1.2

Virginia

2.7 3.8 -1.1

Washington

3.7 5.2 -1.5

West Virginia

3.7 5.1 -1.4

Wisconsin

3.0 3.8 -0.8

Wyoming

3.0 4.5 -1.5

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "State Employment and Unemployment — July 2022." Also see more charts and maps on state employment and unemployment. Estimates for the most recent month are preliminary.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Seven states set all-time unemployment rate lows in July 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/seven-states-set-all-time-unemployment-rate-lows-in-july-2022.htm (visited November 29, 2022).

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