State Unemployment Rates | August 2022

Zaakary Barnes 9/16/2022

October Unemployment: Stable in 25 States, Higher in 24

Unemployment rates in October were higher in 24 states, lower in 1 state, and stable in the remaining 25 and the District of Columbia according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Thirty-nine states and the District had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier. The national unemployment rate rose to 3.7%, but was still 0.9 points lower than in October 2021.

2022 State Monthly Unemployment Rates
State Jan. Feb. March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Alabama

3.1

3.0 2.9 2.8 2.7 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.7    
Alaska 5.6 5.4 5.0 4.9 4.7 4.6 4.5 4.6 4.4 4.5    
Arizona 3.7 3.6 3.3 3.2 3.2 3.3 3.3 3.5 3.7 3.9    
Arkansas 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6    
California 5.8 5.4 4.9 4.6 4.3 4.2 3.9 4.1 3.9 4.0    
Colorado 4.1 4.0 3.7 3.6 3.5 3.4 3.3 3.4 3.4

3.6

   
Connecticut 5.3 4.9 4.6 4.4 4.2 4.0 3.7 4.1 4.0 4.3    
Delaware 4.8 4.6 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.4 4.5 4.3 4.3    
D.C. 6.3 6.1 6.0 5.8 5.7 5.5 5.2

5.1

4.7 4.8    
Florida 3.5 3.3 3.2 3.0 3.0 2.8 2.7 2.7 2.5 2.7    
Georgia 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.0 2.9 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.9    
Hawaii 4.4 4.3

4.1

4.2 4.2 4.3 4.1 4.1 3.5 3.4    
Idaho 3.0 2.8 2.7 2.6 2.5 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9    
Illinois 5.0 4.8 4.7 4.6 4.6 4.5 4.4 4.5 4.5 4.6    
Indiana 2.4 2.3 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.4 2.6 2.8 2.8 3.0    
Iowa 3.7 3.5 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.6 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.9    
Kansas 2.6 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.3 2.4 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.8    
Kentucky 4.4 4.2 4.0 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.9    
Louisiana 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1 4.0

3.8

3.6 3.5 3.4 3.3    
Maine 4.1 4.0 3.6 3.3 3.2 3.0 2.8 3.1 3.3 3.6    
Maryland 5.4 5.0 4.6 4.2 4.0 4.0 3.9 4.3 4.0 4.5    
Massachusetts 4.8 4.7 4.2 4.1 3.9 3.7 3.5 3.6 3.4 3.5    
Michigan 4.9 4.7 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.2    
Minnesota 2.9 2.7 2.5 2.2 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.9 2.0 2.1    
Mississippi 4.6 4.5 4.2 4.1 4.0 3.8 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.8    
Missouri 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.4 3.1 2.8 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.6    
Montana 2.7 2.6 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.9 2.7 2.8 2.9 3.0    
Nebraska 2.2 2.1 2.0 1.9 1.9 1.9 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.4    
Nevada 5.2 5.1 5.0 5.0 4.9 4.7 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.6    
New Hampshire 2.9 2.7 2.5 2.3 2.1 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.2 2.4    
New Jersey 5.2 4.6 4.2 4.1 3.9 3.9 3.7 4.0 3.3 3.5    
New Mexico 5.9 5.6 5.3 5.3 5.1 4.9 4.5 4.4 4.2 4.3    
New York 5.3 4.9 4.6 4.5 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.7 4.3 4.4    
North Carolina 3.9 3.7 3.5 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.8    
North Dakota 3.1 2.9 2.9 2.8 2.6 2.5 2.3 2.3 2.2 2.3    
Ohio 4.3 4.2 4.1 4.0 3.9 3.9 3.9 4.0 4.0 4.2    
Oklahoma 2.7 2.6 2.7 2.7 2.8 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.4    
Oregon 4.3 4.0 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.5 3.7 3.8 4.1    
Pennsylvania 5.4 5.1 4.9 4.8 4.6 4.5 4.3 4.2 4.1 4.0    
Rhode Island 4.2 3.9 3.4 3.2 2.9 2.7 2.7 2.8 3.1 3.4    
South Carolina 3.5 3.5 3.4 3.3 3.3 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.2 3.3    
South Dakota 2.8 2.6 2.5 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.4    
Tennessee 3.5 3.4 3.2 3.2 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.4 3.4 3.5    
Texas 4.8 4.7 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.1 4.0 4.1 4.0 4.0    
Utah 2.2 2.1 2.0 1.9 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.1 2.1    
Vermont 3.0 2.9 2.7 2.5 2.3 2.2 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.3    
Virginia 3.3 3.2 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.8 2.7 2.6 2.6 2.7    
Washington 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.1 3.9 3.9 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.8    
West Virginia 4.1 3.9 3.7 3.6 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.9 4.0 4.0    
Wisconsin 3.0 2.9 2.8 2.8 2.9 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3    
Wyoming 3.8 3.7 3.4 3.3 3.2 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.3 3.5    
Puerto Rico 7.1 6.8 6.5 6.4 6.2 3.1 5.9 5.8 -- --    

 

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

*  Preliminary figures from BLS.

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