Historical State Unemployment Rates Since 1976



UnemploymentThe Bureau of Labor Statistics is kind enough to provide historical unemployment (and employment) data for all 50 states from January 1st, 1976 until present day.

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Note: All data found on this page is seasonally adjusted.

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Note: This Data is current as of March, 2015 and includes Puerto Rico

Data last updated on April 25th, 2015




The states with the current highest level of unemployment are:

Puerto Rico with a rate of 11.8%
District of Columbia with a rate of 7.7%
Nevada with a rate of 7.1%
Mississippi with a rate of 6.8%
South Carolina with a rate of 6.7%

The states with the current lowest level of unemployment are:

Nebraska with a rate of 2.6%
North Dakota with a rate of 3.1%
Utah with a rate of 3.4%
South Dakota with a rate of 3.5%
Minnesota with a rate of 3.7%

The five highest single month unemployment rates on record are:

Puerto Rico with a rate of 24.0% in 02/1983
Puerto Rico with a rate of 23.9% in 01/1983
Puerto Rico with a rate of 23.9% in 03/1983
Puerto Rico with a rate of 23.7% in 12/1982
Puerto Rico with a rate of 23.7% in 04/1983

The five lowest single month unemployment rates on record are:

Virginia with a rate of 2.1% in 10/2000
Virginia with a rate of 2.1% in 11/2000
Connecticut with a rate of 2.2% in 08/2000
Connecticut with a rate of 2.2% in 09/2000
Connecticut with a rate of 2.2% in 10/2000

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Data Source: U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics