Unemployment Rate By State 2019

The unemployment rates by state at the end of December 2018 are interesting data points to look back on to see how the unemployment rates have changed since then. There are some sources that have looked at the current unemployment rates in the United States for the year 2019. We’ll touch on those in a moment. Until then, let’s take a look at the unemployment rates of each state in 2018.

Here is a list of each state, followed by the unemployment rate, in percentages. The data points represent the unemployment rate collected in March of 2018.

The unemployment rates to date are actually relatively low, especially given the amount of unemployment that the United States saw a few years ago. In December of 2007, the Great Recession hit America and rocked the economy in the most negative of ways. The major recession lifted in the middle of 2009, but up until that point, the majority of Americans were struggling for pay and finding it difficult to make ends meet. For perspective’s sake, let’s take a look at the 2014 unemployment rates across the nation five years ago to see how times have changed.

  • Alabama 7.0
  • Alaska 6.5
  • Arizona 7.0
  • Arkansas 6.2
  • California 7.4
  • Colorado 5.3
  • Connecticut 6.6
  • Delaware 6.2
  • Florida 6.2
  • Georgia 7.8
  • Hawaii 4.4
  • Idaho 4.8
  • Illinois 6.8
  • Indiana 5.9
  • Iowa 4.5
  • Kansas 4.9
  • Kentucky 7.4
  • Louisiana 5.4
  • Maine 5.5
  • Maryland 6.1
  • Massachusetts 5.6
  • Michigan 7.7
  • Minnesota 4.5
  • Mississippi 8.0
  • Missouri 6.5
  • Montana 4.6
  • Nebraska 3.6
  • Nevada 7.7
  • New Hampshire 4.4
  • New Jersey 6.5
  • New Mexico 6.6
  • New York 6.6
  • North Carolina 6.5
  • North Dakota 2.8
  • Ohio 5.7
  • Oklahoma 4.6
  • Oregon 6.9
  • Pennsylvania 5.7
  • Rhode Island 7.7
  • South Carolina 5.7
  • South Dakota 3.7
  • Tennessee 7.1
  • Texas 5.1
  • Utah 3.6
  • Vermont 3.7
  • Virginia 5.4
  • Washington State 5.6
  • West Virginia 6.3
  • Wisconsin 5.8
  • Wyoming 4.4

Here is the list of the unemployment rates of 2014 in order of lowest unemployment rates to highest unemployment rates in the US…

  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Utah
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Hawaii
  • New Hampshire
  • Wyoming
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Texas
  • Colorado
  • Louisiana
  • Virginia
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Washington State
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Wisconsin
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • West Virginia
  • Alaska
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Connecticut
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Oregon
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Tennessee
  • California
  • The District of Columbia
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Rhode Island
  • Georgia
  • Mississippi

Looking at the unemployment rates on a national scale helps to understand what portion of each state accounts for the total unemployment rates in all of the states combined. Let’s take a look at the unemployment rates on a monthly basis over the past decade…

National Unemployment Rates in the US for 2019

  • January 4.0
  • February 3.8
  • March 3.8
  • April 3.6
  • May not applicable
  • June not applicable
  • July not applicable
  • August not applicable
  • September not applicable
  • October not applicable
  • November not applicable
  • December not applicable

National Unemployment Rates in the US for 2017

  • January 4.1
  • February 4.1
  • March 4.0
  • April 3.9
  • May 3.8
  • June 4.3
  • July 4.3
  • August 4.4
  • September 4.2
  • October 4.1
  • November 4.2
  • December 4.1

National Unemployment Rates in the US for 2016

  • January 4.9
  • February 4.9
  • March 5.0
  • April 5.0
  • May 4.8
  • June 4.9
  • July 4.9
  • August 4.9
  • September 5.0
  • October 4.9
  • November 4.7
  • December 4.7

National Unemployment Rates in the US for 2015

  • January 5.7
  • February 5.5
  • March 5.4
  • April 5.4
  • May 5.6
  • June 5.3
  • July 5.2
  • August 5.1
  • September 5.0
  • October 5.0
  • November 5.1
  • December 5.0

National Unemployment Rates in the US for 2014

  • January 6.6
  • February 6.7
  • March 6.7
  • April 6.2
  • May 6.3
  • June 6.1
  • July 6.2
  • August 6.1
  • September 5.9
  • October 5.7
  • November 5.8
  • December 5.6

National Unemployment Rates in the US for 2013

  • January 8.0
  • February 7.7
  • March 7.5
  • April 7.6
  • May 7.5
  • June 7.5
  • July 7.3
  • August 7.2
  • September 7.2
  • October 7.2
  • November 6.9
  • December 6.7

National Unemployment Rates in the US for 2012

  • January 8.3
  • February 8.3
  • March 8.2
  • April 8.2
  • May 8.2
  • June 8.2
  • July 8.2
  • August 8.1
  • September 7.8
  • October 7.8
  • November 7.7
  • December 7.9

National Unemployment Rates in the US for 2011

  • January 9.1
  • February 9.0
  • March 9.0
  • April 9.1
  • May 9.0
  • June 9.1
  • July 9.0
  • August 9.0
  • September 9.0
  • October 8.8
  • November 8.6
  • December 8.5

National Unemployment Rates in the US for 2010

  • January 9.8
  • February 9.8
  • March 9.9
  • April 9.9
  • May 9.6
  • June 9.4
  • July 9.4
  • August 9.5
  • September 9.5
  • October 9.4
  • November 9.8
  • December 9.3

National Unemployment Rates in the US for 2009

  • January 7.8
  • February 8.3
  • March 8.7
  • April 9.0
  • May 9.4
  • June 9.5
  • July 9.5
  • August 9.6
  • September 9.8
  • October 10.0
  • November 9.9
  • December 9.9
State Unemployment Rank Unemployment Rate 2019 Pop.
Vermont12.10%627,180
North Dakota22.30%760,900
Iowa32.40%3,167,997
New Hampshire42.50%1,363,852
Utah52.80%3,221,610
Idaho52.80%1,790,182
Hawaii52.80%1,416,589
Virginia82.90%8,571,946
Wisconsin82.90%5,832,661
South Dakota82.90%892,631
Massachusetts113.00%6,939,373
Colorado113.00%5,770,545
Nebraska113.00%1,940,919
Oklahoma143.20%3,948,950
Maine143.20%1,342,097
Delaware143.20%975,033
Missouri173.30%6,147,861
Minnesota173.30%5,655,925
Texas193.40%29,087,070
Florida193.40%21,646,155
Tennessee193.40%6,833,793
Kansas193.40%2,910,931
New Jersey233.50%8,922,547
Indiana233.50%6,718,616
South Carolina233.50%5,147,111
Alabama233.50%4,898,246
Arkansas233.50%3,026,412
Montana233.50%1,074,532
Wyoming233.50%572,381
Rhode Island303.60%1,056,738
Georgia313.70%10,627,767
Connecticut313.70%3,567,871
Pennsylvania333.80%12,813,969
Maryland333.80%6,062,917
New York354.00%19,491,339
Ohio354.00%11,718,568
Nevada354.00%3,087,025
North Carolina384.10%10,497,741
Kentucky384.10%4,484,047
Oregon384.10%4,245,901
California414.20%39,747,267
Michigan414.20%10,020,472
Illinois434.30%12,700,381
Louisiana434.30%4,652,581
Washington454.60%7,666,343
West Virginia464.70%1,791,951
Arizona474.90%7,275,070
New Mexico474.90%2,096,034
Mississippi495.00%2,987,895
District of Columbia505.60%711,571
Alaska516.40%735,720