State Unemployment Rates | April 2020

Zach Herman 4/23/2020

April Unemployment Numbers: Higher In All Fifty States

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rates were higher in April in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Similarly, all 50 states and the District had jobless rate increases from a year earlier. The national unemployment rate rose by 10.3 percentage points over the month to 14.7 percent and was 11.1 points higher than in April 2019.

State unemployment rates for May 2020 will be released in June 2020.

2020 State Monthly Unemployment Rates
State Jan. Feb. March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Alabama 2.7 2.7 3.5 12.9                
Alaska 6.0

5.8

5.6 12.9                
Arizona 4.5 4.5 5.5 12.6                
Arkansas 3.5 3.9 4.8 10.2                
California 3.9 2.5 5.3 15.5                
Colorado 2.5 2.8 4.5 11.3                
Connecticut 3.7 3.9 3.7 7.9                
Delaware 4.0 5.2 5.1 14.3                
D.C. 5.2 2.8 6.0 11.1                
Florida 2.8 3.1 4.3 12.9                
Georgia 3.1 2.7 4.2 11.9                
Hawaii 2.7 2.7 2.6 22.3                
Idaho 2.8 3.4 2.6 11.5                
Illinois 3.5 3.1 4.6 16.4                
Indiana 3.1 2.8 3.2 16.9                
Iowa 2.8 3.1 3.7 10.2                
Kansas 3.1 4.2 3.1 11.2                
Kentucky 4.3 5.2 5.8 15.4                
Louisiana 5.1 3.2 6.1 14.5                
Maine 3.1 3.3 3.2 10.6                
Maryland 3.3 2.8 3.3 9.9                
Massachusetts 2.8 3.6 2.9 15.1                
Michigan 3.8 3.1 4.1 22.7                
Minnesota 3.2 5.4 3.1 8.1                
Mississippi 5.5 3.5 5.3 15.4                
Missouri 3.5 3.5 4.5 9.7                
Montana 3.5 2.9 3.5 11.3                
Nebraska 3.9 3.6 4.2 8.2                
Nevada 3.6 3.6 6.3 28.3                
New Hampshire 2.6 3.8 2.6 16.3                
New Jersey 3.8 4.8 3.8 15.3                
New Mexico 4.8 3.7 5.9 11.3                
New York 3.8 3.6 4.5 14.5                
North Carolina 3.6 2.2 4.4 12.2                
North Dakota 2.3 4.2 2.2 8.5                
Ohio 4.1 3.2 5.5 16.8                
Oklahoma 3.3 3.3 3.1 13.7                
Oregon 3.3 4.7 3.3 14.2                
Pennsylvania 4.7 3.4 6.0 15.1                
Rhode Island 3.1 2.5 4.6 17.0                
South Carolina 2.4 3.3 2.6 12.1                
South Dakota 3.4 3.4 3.3 10.2                
Tennessee 3.3 3.5 3.5 14.7                
Texas 4.5 2.5 4.7 12.8                
Utah 2.5 3.4 3.6 9.7                
Vermont 2.4 2.6 3.2 15.6                
Virginia 2.7 3.8 3.3 10.6                
Washington 3.9 4.9 5.1 15.4                
West Virginia 5.0 3.7 6.1 15.2                
Wisconsin 3.5 2.7 3.4 14.1                
Wyoming 3.7 5.8 3.7 9.2                
Puerto Rico 8.9 4.5                    

 

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

*  Preliminary figures from BLS.

Note that NCSL cannot provide advice or assistance to private citizens or businesses regarding employment-related matters.  Please consult your state department of labor or a private attorney.

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