August unemployment by state with historic highs and lows

The August 2009 national average for unemployment currently stands at 9.7% (current unemployment rates may be seen here)

Historical Unemployment

Historical Unemployment

The first chart represents the historic national unemployment rate by month, while the second chart represents historic highs and lows of unemployment by state to date.

Current Unemployment Rates for States and Historical Highs/Lows
Seasonally Adjusted
  Aug 2009p Historical High Historical Low
State Rate Date Rate Date Rate
Alabama 10.4 Dec. 1982 14.4 Feb. 2007 3.3
Alaska 8.3 July 1986 11.5 Sept. 1999 5.9
Arizona 9.1 Feb. 1983 11.5 June 2007 3.6
Arkansas 7.1 Mar. 1983 10.2 Sept. 2000 4.1
California 12.2 Aug. 2009 12.2 Feb. 2001 4.7
Colorado 7.3 Nov. 1982 9.1 Jan. 2001 2.5
Connecticut 8.1 Jan. 1976 10.0 Nov. 2000 2.1
Delaware 8.1 June 2009 8.4 Oct. 1988 2.9
District of Columbia 11.1 Mar. 1983 11.4 Dec. 1988 4.8
Florida 10.7 Aug. 2009 10.7 July 2006 3.3
Georgia 10.2 Aug. 2009 10.2 Dec. 2000 3.4
Hawaii 7.2 Mar. 1976 10.2 Dec. 2006 2.2
Idaho 8.9 Feb. 1983 9.4 May 2007 2.8
Illinois 10.0 Feb. 1983 12.9 Mar. 1999 4.1
Indiana 9.9 Nov. 1982 12.8 Apr. 1999 2.6
Iowa 6.8 May 1983 8.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Kansas 7.1 Sept. 1982 7.4 Oct. 1978 2.9
Kentucky 11.1 Dec. 1982 12.1 Mar. 2000 4.0
Louisiana 7.8 Sept. 1986 12.9 July 2006 3.2
Maine 8.6 Mar. 1977 9.0 Jan. 2001 3.0
Maryland 7.2 Aug. 1982 8.3 Mar. 2000 3.3
Massachusetts 9.1 Jan. 1976 10.9 Dec. 2000 2.7
Michigan 15.2 Nov. 1982 16.9 Mar. 2000 3.2
Minnesota 8.0 Nov. 1982 9.0 Apr. 1999 2.5
Mississippi 9.5 May 1983 13.7 Jan. 2001 4.9
Missouri 9.5 Apr. 1983 10.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Montana 6.6 May 1983 8.7 Mar. 2007 3.2
Nebraska 5 Feb. 1983 6.8 Feb. 1998 2.2
Nevada 13.2 Aug. 2009 13.2 Mar. 2006 4.2
New Hampshire 6.9 June 1992 7.7 Apr. 1987 1.9
New Jersey 9.7 Feb. 1977 10.6 June 2000 3.5
New Mexico 7.5 Apr. 1983 9.9 Oct. 2007 3.5
New York 9 July 1976 10.5 Apr. 1988 4.0
North Carolina 10.8 May 2009 11.1 Apr. 1999 3.1
North Dakota 4.3 Mar. 1983 6.9 Jan. 1998 2.5
Ohio 10.8 Jan. 1983 13.8 Mar. 2001 3.9
Oklahoma 6.8 Aug. 1986 9.4 Jan. 2001 2.7
Oregon 12.2 June 2009 12.2 Apr. 1995 4.7
Pennsylvania 8.6 Mar. 1983 12.9 Mar. 2000 4.0
Rhode Island 12.8 Aug. 2009 12.8 July 1988 2.9
South Carolina 11.5 June 2009 12.1 Mar. 1998 3.1
South Dakota 4.9 Oct. 1982 5.9 Mar. 2000 2.4
Tennessee 10.8 Dec. 1982 12.4 Mar. 2000 3.8
Texas 8 Oct. 1986 9.3 July 2007 4.3
Utah 6 Mar. 1983 9.7 Mar. 2007 2.4
Vermont 6.8 June 1976 9.0 Mar. 2000 2.2
Virginia 6.5 Jan. 1983 7.8 Jan. 2001 2.2
Washington 9.2 Nov. 1982 12.2 Apr. 2007 4.4
West Virginia 9 Mar. 1983 18.2 Jan. 2008 4.1
Wisconsin 8.8 Jan. 1983 11.8 Apr. 1999 2.9
Wyoming 6.6 May 1983 10.1 Feb. 1979 1.9
Note: Data series begin in January 1976.

p = preliminary.

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One Response to August unemployment by state with historic highs and lows

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