State Unemployment Rates | July 2020

Zach Herman 8/31/2020

July Unemployment Numbers: Lower in 30 States Higher in 9 States

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rates were lower in July in 30 states, higher in 9 states, and stable in 11 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. All 50 states and the District had jobless rate increases from a year earlier. The national unemployment rate fell by 0.9 percentage point over the month to 10.2 percent but was 6.5 points higher than in July 2019.

State unemployment rates for August 2020 will be released in September 18th.

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 9.6 7.5 7.9          
Alaska 6.0

5.8

5.6 12.9 12.7 12.4 11.6          
Arizona 4.5 4.5 5.5 12.6 9.0 10.0 10.6          
Arkansas 3.5 3.9 4.8 10.2 9.6 8.0 7.1          
California 3.9 2.5 5.3 15.5 16.4 14.9 13.3          
Colorado 2.5 2.8 4.5 11.3 10.2 10.5 7.4          
Connecticut 3.7 3.9 3.7 7.9 9.6 9.8 10.2          
Delaware 4.0 5.2 5.1 14.3 15.9 12.5 10.4          
D.C. 5.2 2.8 6.0 11.1 8.8 8.6 8.4          
Florida 2.8 3.1 4.3 12.9 13.7 10.4 11.3          
Georgia 3.1 2.7 4.2 11.9 9.4 7.6 7.6          
Hawaii 2.7 2.7 2.6 22.3 23.5 13.9 13.1          
Idaho 2.8 3.4 2.6 11.5 9.0 5.6 5.0          
Illinois 3.5 3.1 4.6 16.4 15.3 14.6 11.3          
Indiana 3.1 2.8 3.2 16.9 12.3 11.2 7.8          
Iowa 2.8 3.1 3.7 10.2 10.2 8.0 6.6          
Kansas 3.1 4.2 3.1 11.2 10.0 7.5 7.2          
Kentucky 4.3 5.2 5.8 15.4 10.9 4.3 5.7          
Louisiana 5.1 3.2 6.1 14.5 14.2 9.7 9.4          
Maine 3.1 3.3 3.2 10.6 9.4 6.6 9.9          
Maryland 3.3 2.8 3.3 9.9 10.0 8.0 7.6          
Massachusetts 2.8 3.6 2.9 15.1 16.6 17.4 16.1          
Michigan 3.8 3.1 4.1 22.7 21.3 14.8 8.7          
Minnesota 3.2 5.4 3.1 8.1 9.9 8.6 7.7          
Mississippi 5.5 3.5 5.3 15.4 10.5 8.7 10.8          
Missouri 3.5 3.5 4.5 9.7 10.1 7.9 6.9          
Montana 3.5 2.9 3.5 11.3 9.0 7.1 6.4          
Nebraska 3.9 3.6 4.2 8.2 5.3 6.7 4.8          
Nevada 3.6 3.6 6.3 28.3 25.3 15.0 14.0          
New Hampshire 2.6 3.8 2.6 16.3 15.4 11.8 8.1          
New Jersey 3.8 4.8 3.8 15.3 15.4 16.6 13.9          
New Mexico 4.8 3.7 5.9 11.3 9.1 8.3 12.7          
New York 3.8 3.6 4.5 14.5 14.5 15.7 15.9          
North Carolina 3.6 2.2 4.4 12.2 12.8 7.6 8.5          
North Dakota 2.3 4.2 2.2 8.5 9.1 6.1 6.6          
Ohio 4.1 3.2 5.5 16.8 13.9 10.9 8.9          
Oklahoma 3.3 3.3 3.1 13.7 12.6 6.6 7.1          
Oregon 3.3 4.7 3.3 14.2 14.3 11.2 10.4          
Pennsylvania 4.7 3.4 6.0 15.1 13.4 13.0 13.7          
Rhode Island 3.1 2.5 4.6 17.0 16.4 12.4 11.2          
South Carolina 2.4 3.3 2.6 12.1 12.4 8.7 8.6          
South Dakota 3.4 3.4 3.3 10.2 9.4 7.2 6.3          
Tennessee 3.3 3.5 3.5 14.7 11.0 9.7 9.5          
Texas 4.5 2.5 4.7 12.8 13.0 8.6 8.0          
Utah 2.5 3.4 3.6 9.7 8.6 5.1 4.5          
Vermont 2.4 2.6 3.2 15.6 12.8 9.4 8.3          
Virginia 2.7 3.8 3.3 10.6 9.0 8.4 8.0          
Washington 3.9 4.9 5.1 15.4 15.1 9.8 10.3          
West Virginia 5.0 3.7 6.1 15.2 12.9 10.4 9.9          
Wisconsin 3.5 2.7 3.4 14.1 12.1 8.5 7.0          
Wyoming 3.7 5.8 3.7 9.2 8.8 7.6 7.1          
Puerto Rico 8.9 4.5                    

 

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

*  Preliminary figures from BLS.

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