The chart above shows the unemployment rate in each US state as of August 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 5.50 percentage points (up from 5.40 last month and down from 10.50 last year). Nebraska had the lowest rate last month and the lowest rate last year. Nevada had the highest rate last month and the highest rate last year.
- Nevada has 3.50 times the unemployment rate that Nebraska does. The ratio of highest rate to lowest rate was up from 3.35 last month and down from 3.63 last year.
- The median unemployment rate in the 50 US states is 4.85 (down from 4.90 last month and down from 7.10 last year) and the mean 4.92 (down from 5.04 the previous month and down from 7.75 last year).
- Of the 50 states, 11 saw no change in the unemployment rate from the previous month, 36 saw an improvement, and 3 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 August 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, Arizona, Louisiana, and New Mexico had the best performance over the previous month dropping 0.4 percentage points. Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island had the worst performance with an increase of 0.1 percentage points in the unemployment rate. Year over year, Hawaii had the best performance with a 7.1 percentage point drop while Maine had the worst performance with a 0.3 percentage point drop in the unemployment rate.
In relative terms, Oklahoma had the best performance over the previous month with a 8.57% drop in the rate while New Hampshire had the worst performance with an 3.45% rise in the rate. Year over year, Alabama had the best performance with a 56.34% drop in the rate while Maine had the worst performance with a 5.77% drop in the rate.
Of the 50 states, 14 have an unemployment rate below four percent (same as 14 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 (same as 36 last month, up from 31 last year), and 0 have a rate above eight percent (same as 0 last month, down from 19 last year).
Oregon (from 30th lowest unemployment rate to 26th lowest) and Wyoming (from 30th to 26th) rose 4 spots between last month and this. On the other hand, Massachusetts (from 25th to 29th) fell 4 spots. Year-over-year, Alabama (from 25th to 7th) rose 18 spots. Conversely, Maine (from 5th to 26th) fell 21 spots.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2021. "State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly) News Release." Accessed October 15, 2021. https://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.htm.