The chart above shows the unemployment rate in each US state as of July 2021, the change from the previous month, and the rate one year prior. Four states have an unemployment rate below three percent.
- The difference between the state with the lowest unemployment rate, Nebraska, and the state with the highest, Nevada, is 5.40 percentage points (same as 5.40 last month and down from 12.20 last year). Nebraska had the lowest rate last month and the lowest rate last year. New Mexico had the highest rate last month while Nevada had the highest rate last year.
- Nevada has 3.45 times the unemployment rate that Nebraska does. The ratio of highest rate to lowest rate was up from 3.16 last month and down from 3.77 last year.
- The median unemployment rate in the 50 US states is 4.90 (down from 4.95 last month and down from 8.65 last year) and the mean 5.04 (down from 5.16 the previous month and down from 9.03 last year).
- Of the 50 states, 9 saw no change in the unemployment rate from the previous month, 35 saw an improvement, and 6 saw the rate increase.
- Of the 50 states, 0 saw no change in the unemployment rate from last year, 50 saw an improvement over the prior year's rate, and 0 saw the unemployment rate increase over the year.
- Data is from July 2021.
- Data may conflict with previous month's report as statistical agencies make updates to the rates over the course of the month.
- All figures are rounded to the nearest hundredth.
In absolute terms, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Oregon had the best performance over the previous month dropping 0.4 percentage points. Ohio had the worst performance with an increase of 0.2 percentage points in the unemployment rate. Year over year, Nevada had the best performance with a 8.9 percentage point drop while Maine had the worst performance with a 1.2 percentage point drop in the unemployment rate.
In relative terms, Nebraska had the best performance over the previous month with a 8.00% drop in the rate while Ohio had the worst performance with an 3.85% rise in the rate. Year over year, New Hampshire had the best performance with a 64.20% drop in the rate while Colorado had the worst performance with a 17.57% drop in the rate.
Of the 50 states, 14 have an unemployment rate below four percent (up from 11 last month, up from 0 last year) which traditionally has placed inflationary pressure on wages. Of the 50, 36 have a rate between four and eight percent (down from 39 last month, up from 21 last year), and 0 have a rate above eight percent (same as 0 last month, down from 29 last year).
West Virginia (from 30th lowest unemployment rate to 27th lowest) and New Mexico (from 50th to 47th) rose 3 spots between last month and this. On the other hand, Ohio (from 28th to 32nd) fell 4 spots. Year-over-year, New Hampshire (from 22nd to 3rd) rose 19 spots. Conversely, Colorado (from 16th to 36th) fell 20 spots.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2021. "State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly) News Release." Accessed September 6, 2021. https://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.htm.