State Unemployment Rates |March 2021

Zach Herman 4/29/2021

2020 State Employment Rates

March Unemployment Numbers: lower in 20 states and the District of Columbia, and stable in 30 states

Unemployment rates were lower in March in 20 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 30 states, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Forty states and the District had jobless rate increases from a year earlier and 10 states had little or no change. The national unemployment rate, 6.0 percent, edged down by 0.2 percentage point over the month, but was 1.6 points higher than in March 2020

State unemployment rates for April 2021 will be released on May 7th.

2021 State Monthly Unemployment Rates
State Jan. Feb. March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Alabama 4.3 4 3.8                  
Alaska 6.6 6.6 6.6                  
Arizona 6.7 6.9 6.7                  
Arkansas 4.6 4.5 4.4                  
California 9.0 8.5 8.3                  
Colorado

6.6

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

 

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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