State Unemployment Rates | November 2021

Zaak Barnes 12/20/2021

November Unemployment Numbers: lower in 40 states

Unemployment rates were lower in November in 40 states and the District of Columbia, and stable in 10 states, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Forty-eight states and the District had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and two states were little changed. The national unemployment rate, 4.2 percent, fell by 0.4 percentage point over the month and was 2.5 points lower than in November 2020.

2021 State Monthly Unemployment Rates
State Jan. Feb. March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Alabama 4.3 4 3.8 3.6 3.4 3.3 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1  
Alaska 6.6 6.6 6.6 6.7 6.6 6.6

6.6

6.4 6.3 6.1 6.0  
Arizona 6.7 6.9 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.8 6.6 6.2 5.7 5.2

4.7

 
Arkansas 4.6 4.5 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.0 3.7 3.4  
California 9.0 8.5 8.3 8.3 7.9 7.7 7.6 7.5 7.5 7.3 6.9  
Colorado

6.6

6.6 6.4 6.4 6.2 6.2 6.1 5.9 5.6 5.4 5.1  
Connecticut 8.1 8.5 8.3 8.1 7.7 7.9 7.3 7.2 6.8 6.4 6.0  
Delaware 6.1 6.3 6.5 6.4 5.9 5.8 5.6 5.4 5.3 5.3 5.1  
D.C. 8.4 8.1 7.8 7.5 7.2 7.0 6.7 6.5 6.5 6.3 6.0  
Florida 4.8 4.7 4.7 4.8 4.9 5.0 5.1 5.0 4.9     4.6 4.5  
Georgia 5.1 4.8 4.5 4.3 4.1 4.0 3.7 3.5 3.2     3.1 2.8  
Hawaii 10.2 9.2 9.0 8.5 8.1 7.7 7.3 7.0 6.6 6.3 6.0  
Idaho 3.4 3.3 3.2 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.9 2.9     2.8 2.6  
Illinois 7.7 7.4 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.8 6.0 5.7  
Indiana 4.2 4 3.9 3.9 4.0 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.0     3.3 3.0  
Iowa 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 4.0 4.1 4.1 4.0 3.9 3.7  
Kansas 3.5 3.2 3.7 3.5 3.5 3.7 3.8 3.6 3.9 3.9 3.6  
Kentucky 5.3 5.2 5.0 4.7 4.5 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1  
Louisiana 7.6 7.6 7.3 7.3 7.1 6.9 6.6 6.2 5.8     5.4 5.1  
Maine 5.2 4.8 4.8 4.8 4.7 4.8 4.9 4.9 4.8     4.9 4.8  
Maryland 6.4 6.2 6.2 6.2 6.1 6.2 6.0 5.6 5.9     5.7 5.4  
Massachusetts 7.8 7.1 6.8 6.4 5.0 4.9 4.9 5.0 5.2 5.3 5.4  
Michigan 5.7 5.2 5.1 4.9 5 5.0 4.8 4.7 4.6     6.1 5.9  
Minnesota 4.5 4.3 4.2 4.1 4 4.0 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.5 3.3  
Mississippi 6.4 6.3 6.3 6.2 6.1 6.2 6.1 6.0 5.8     5.5 5.0  
Missouri 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.2 4.0 3.8 3.7 3.5  
Montana 4 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.7 3.6 3.5 3.3     3.1 2.8  
Nebraska 3.2 3.1 2.9 2.8 2.6 2.5 2.3 2.2 2.0     1.9 1.8  
Nevada 8.1 8.3 8.1 8.0 7.8 7.8 7.7 7.7 7.5     7.3 6.8  
New Hampshire 3.6 3.3 3.0 2.8 2.5 2.9 2.9 3.0  2.9 2.9 2.7  
New Jersey 7.9 7.8 7.7 7.5 7.2 7.3 7.3 7.2    7.1 7.0 6.6  
New Mexico 8.7 8.3 8.3 8.2 8.0 7.9 7.6 7.2 6.9  6.5 6.2  
New York 8.8 8.9 8.5 8.2 7.8 7.7 7.6 7.4 7.1   6.9 6.6  
North Carolina 5.9 5.7 5.2 5.0 4.8 4.6 4.4 4.3 4.2  4.1 3.9  
North Dakota 4.5 4.7 4.4 4.2 4.0 4.0 2.9 3.6 3.5 3.3 3.2  
Ohio 5.3 5 4.7 4.7 5.0 5.2 5.4 5.4  5.4  5.1 4.8  
Oklahoma 4.3 4.4 4.2 4.3 4.0 3.7 3.5 3.2 3.0  2.7 2.5  
Oregon 6.2 6.1 6 5.9 5.8 5.6 5.2 4.9 4.7  4.4 4.2  
Pennsylvania 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.4 6.9 6.9 6.6 6.4 6.2  6.0 5.7  
Rhode Island 7.2 7.3 7.1 6.3 6.0 5.9 5.8 5.8 5.2  5.4 5.1  
South Carolina 5.3 5.2 5.1 5.0 4.6 4.5 4.3 4.2 4.1    3.9 3.7  
South Dakota 3.1 2.9 2.9 2.8 2.8 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.9  2.8 2.7  
Tennessee 5.1 4.9 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.9 4.7 4.6 4.4  4.2 4.0  
Texas 6.8 6.9 6.9 6.7 6.5 6.5 6.2 5.9 5.6  5.4 5.2  
Utah 3.1 3 2.9 2.8 2.7 2.7 2.6 2.6 2.4  2.2 2.1  
Vermont 3.2 3.1 2.9 2.9 2.6 3.1 3.0 3.0 2.9  2.8 2.6  
Virginia 5.3 5.2 5.1 4.7 4.5 4.3 4.2 4.0 3.8  3.6 3.4  
Washington 6 5.6 5.4 5.4 5.2 5.2 5.1 5.1 4.9  5.0 4.7  
West Virginia 6.5 6.2 5.9 5.8 5.5 5.3 5.0 4.8 4.6  4.3 4.0  
Wisconsin 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9 3.9  3.2 3.0  
Wyoming 5.1 5.3 5.3 5.4 5.4 5.4 5.2 4.9 4.5  4.1 3.7  

 

Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

*  Preliminary figures from BLS.

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