State Unemployment Rates | July 2021

Josh Cunningham 8/20/2021

2020 State Employment Rates

 

July Unemployment Numbers: lower in 17 states

Unemployment rates were lower, by a statistically significant margin, in July in 17 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 33 states, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. All 50 states and the District had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier. The national unemployment rate, 5.4 percent, declined by 0.5 percentage point over the month and was 4.8 points lower than in July 2020.The economy added 943,000 jobs in July.

 

State unemployment rates for August are scheduled to be released on Friday, September 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. (ET). .

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          
Alaska 6.6 6.6 6.6 6.7 6.6 6.6 6.6          
Arizona 6.7 6.9 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.8 6.6          
Arkansas 4.6 4.5 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.3          
California 9.0 8.5 8.3 8.3 7.9 7.7 7.6          
Colorado

6.6

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

 

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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