Unemployment Rates by State - Low and High States

Covid Kills US Labor Market

On an on-going basis Janco analyzes the unemployment rates reported by the BLS. This is then included in the firm's analysis of the projected number of jobs that will added or deleted from IT profession. The National unemployment data provides a measure of the health of the over-all labor market. A more granular metric is one that considers local condition - i.e. state and local unemployment. This report is during the COVID-19 shutdown

The COVID-19 shut began its impact on the overall unemployment rate with jump up 0.9% to 4.4% and a loss of over 700,000 jobs at the start of the shutdown. Then in April the unemployment rate skyrocketed to 14.7% and to drop to 8.4% in August.

Between California and New York alone almost 3 million jobs were lost.

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High Unemployment States

Highest unemployment states are those that had an overall unemployment rate of 12% or higher. In Augus 10 states had the highest unemployment rates (10.0% or higher). New Mexico, Road Island, Hawaii, and North Dakota fared the worst with unemployment rates 13.2%, 12.8%, 12.5%, and 12.5% respectively. However that was lower than in July.

High unemployment states Current Month vs prior Month

In March 2020 (Before the coronavirus) there were 10 states with an unemployment rate of 5.4% or above.

High unemployment states Current Year versus prior year

States with the Lowest Unemployment -- Full Employment States

Several states have lowered their unemployment rates. At the start of the shutdown there were 10 states with unemployment rates of 7.0% or less. In August there were 11 states with unemployments rates of less than 6% - an improving picture.

Utah, Nebraska, and Idaho continue to see an improved business environment. Unemployment rate in those three states continues to fall and the employment picture is slowing returning to pre-covid conditions.

States with low unemployment rates Current Month vs prior MonthFull employment states Current Year versus prior year