State Unemployment Rates | May 2022

Zaakary Barnes 6/17/2022

April Unemployment Numbers: Lower in 16 States

Unemployment rates were lower in April in 16 states and and stable in 34 states and the District of Columbia, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. All 50 states and the District had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier. The national unemployment rate remained at 3.6%, unchanged from March, but is 2.2 points lower than in May 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              
Alaska 5.6 5.4 5.0 4.9 4.7              
Arizona 3.7 3.6 3.3 3.2 3.2              
Arkansas 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.2 3.2              
California 5.8 5.4 4.9 4.6 4.3              
Colorado 4.1 4.0 3.7 3.6 3.5              
Connecticut 5.3 4.9 4.6 4.4 4.2              
Delaware 4.8 4.6 4.5 4.5 4.5              
D.C. 6.3 6.1 6.0 5.8 5.7              
Florida 3.5 3.3 3.2 3.0 3.0              
Georgia 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.0              
Hawaii 4.4 4.3

4.1

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

 

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

*  Preliminary figures from BLS.

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