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Unemployment rates lower in 49 states and D.C. from January 2021 to January 2022

March 22, 2022

From January 2021 to January 2022, unemployment rates decreased in 49 states and the District of Columbia, and were essentially unchanged in 1 state. The largest unemployment rate decrease since January 2021 occurred in Nevada, at −5.0 percentage points. An additional three states experienced declines of 3.0 percentage points or more: Hawaii (−3.9 percentage points), New York (−3.3 percentage points), and California (−3.0 percentage points).

Change in unemployment rates for states from January 2021 to January 2022
State 12-month change January 2021 unemployment rate January 2022 unemployment rate

Alabama

-0.9 percentage point(s) 4.0% 3.1%

Alaska

-1.5 7.1 5.6

Arizona

-2.4 6.1 3.7

Arkansas

-1.7 4.9 3.2

California

-3.0 8.8 5.8

Colorado

-2.1 6.2 4.1

Connecticut

-2.0 7.3 5.3

Delaware

-0.9 5.7 4.8

District of Columbia

-0.6 6.9 6.3

Florida

-2.5 6.0 3.5

Georgia

-1.6 4.8 3.2

Hawaii

-3.9 8.3 4.4

Idaho

-1.0 4.0 3.0

Illinois

-2.1 7.1 5.0

Indiana

-2.1 4.5 2.4

Iowa

-0.7 4.4 3.7

Kansas

-1.2 3.8 2.6

Kentucky

-0.4 4.8 4.4

Louisiana

-2.2 6.5 4.3

Maine

-0.3 4.4 4.1

Maryland

-0.5 5.9 5.4

Massachusetts

-2.3 7.1 4.8

Michigan

-1.5 6.4 4.9

Minnesota

-1.3 4.2 2.9

Mississippi

-2.0 6.6 4.6

Missouri

-1.2 5.0 3.8

Montana

-1.1 3.8 2.7

Nebraska

-0.5 2.7 2.2

Nevada

-5.0 10.2 5.2

New Hampshire

-1.3 4.2 2.9

New Jersey

-2.1 7.3 5.2

New Mexico

-1.5 7.4 5.9

New York

-3.3 8.6 5.3

North Carolina

-1.6 5.5 3.9

North Dakota

-1.6 4.7 3.1

Ohio

-1.7 6.0 4.3

Oklahoma

-2.3 5.0 2.7

Oregon

-2.1 6.4 4.3

Pennsylvania

-2.1 7.5 5.4

Rhode Island

-2.1 6.3 4.2

South Carolina

-1.1 4.6 3.5

South Dakota

-0.5 3.3 2.8

Tennessee

-1.7 5.2 3.5

Texas

-1.9 6.7 4.8

Utah

-1.1 3.3 2.2

Vermont

-0.9 3.9 3.0

Virginia

-1.5 4.8 3.3

Washington

-1.9 6.3 4.4

West Virginia

-1.8 5.9 4.1

Wisconsin

-1.5 4.5 3.0

Wyoming

-1.3 5.1 3.8

Nine of the 12 states that set all-time lows in unemployment rates in December 2021 also did so in January 2022: Arkansas (3.2 percent), Georgia (3.2 percent), Indiana (2.4 percent), Mississippi (4.6 percent), Montana (2.7 percent), Nebraska (2.2 percent), Oklahoma (2.7 percent), Utah (2.2 percent), and West Virginia (4.1 percent). (All state data begin in January 1976). In January 2022, Kansas also had its all-time lowest unemployment rate, at 2.6 percent.

The national unemployment rate, 4.0 percent, was little changed over the month, but was 2.4 percentage points lower than in January 2021.

These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "State Employment and Unemployment — January 2022." Also see more charts and maps on state employment and unemployment. Estimates for the most recent month are preliminary.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates lower in 49 states and D.C. from January 2021 to January 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/unemployment-rates-lower-in-49-states-and-d-c-from-january-2021-to-january-2022.htm (visited November 27, 2022).