State Unemployment Rates |February 2021

Zach Herman 3/29/2021

2020 State Employment Rates

February Unemployment Numbers: lower in February in 23 states and the District of Columbia, higher in 4 states, and stable in 23 states

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rates were lower in February in 23 states and the District of Columbia, higher in 4 states, and stable in 23 states, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Forty-five states and the District had jobless rate increases from a year earlier and five states had little or no change. The national unemployment rate, 6.2 percent, was little changed over the month, but was 2.7 percentage points higher than in February 2020.

State unemployment rates for February 2021 will be released on March 26th.

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

6.6

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