December unemployment by state with historical highs and lows

The December, 2009 national average for unemployment stayed steady at 10%. 15.3 million persons were unemployed with a total U-6 federal unemployment rate of 17.3%. See November figures. (current unemployment rates may be seen here) A trend from civilian to government jobs is occurring. View graph of shift here.

Scroll down  for individual state statistics.

10 Year Unemployment Graph

Below is percent of unemployment by month

Historical Unemployment

Average annual unemployment over last 20 years

Average annual unemployment over last 20 years

Below is the historic highs and lows of unemployment by state to date. View unemployment statistics in other countries.

Current Unemployment Rates for States  and Historical Highs/Lows
Seasonally Adjusted

  Dec. 2009p Historical High Historical Low
State Rate Date Rate Date Rate
Alabama 11.0 Dec. 1982 14.4 Feb. 2007 3.3
Alaska 8.8 July 1986 11.5 Sept. 1999 5.9
Arizona 9.1 Feb. 1983 11.5 June 2007 3.6
Arkansas 7.7 Mar. 1983 10.2 Sept. 2000 4.1
California 12.4 Oct. 2009 12.5 Feb. 2001 4.7
Colorado 7.5 Nov. 1982 9.1 Jan. 2001 2.5
Connecticut 8.9 Jan. 1976 10.0 Nov. 2000 2.1
Delaware 9.0 Dec. 2009 9.0 Oct. 1988 2.9
District of Columbia 12.1 Dec. 2009 12.1 Dec. 1988 4.8
Florida 11.8 Dec. 2009 11.8 July 2006 3.3
Georgia 10.3 Dec. 2009 10.3 Dec. 2000 3.4
Hawaii 6.9 Mar. 1976 10.2 Dec. 2006 2.2
Idaho 9.1 Feb. 1983 9.4 May 2007 2.8
Illinois 11.1 Feb. 1983 12.9 Mar. 1999 4.1
Indiana 9.9 Nov. 1982 12.8 Apr. 1999 2.6
Iowa 6.6 May 1983 8.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Kansas 6.6 July 2009 7.5 Oct. 1978 2.9
Kentucky 10.7 Dec. 1982 12.1 Mar. 2000 4.0
Louisiana 7.5 Sept. 1986 12.9 July 2006 3.2
Maine 8.3 Mar. 1977 9.0 Jan. 2001 3.0
Maryland 7.5 Aug. 1982 8.3 Mar. 2000 3.3
Massachusetts 9.4 Jan. 1976 10.9 Dec. 2000 2.7
Michigan 14.6 Nov. 1982 16.9 Mar. 2000 3.2
Minnesota 7.4 Nov. 1982 9.0 Apr. 1999 2.5
Mississippi 10.6 May 1983 13.7 Jan. 2001 4.9
Missouri 9.6 Apr. 1983 10.5 Jan. 2000 2.6
Montana 6.7 May 1983 8.7 Mar. 2007 3.2
Nebraska 4.7 Feb. 1983 6.8 Feb. 1998 2.2
Nevada 13.0 Sept. 2009 13.3 Mar. 2006 4.2
New Hampshire 7.0 June 1992 7.7 Apr. 1987 1.9
New Jersey 10.1 Feb. 1977 10.6 June 2000 3.5
New Mexico 8.3 Apr. 1983 9.9 Oct. 2007 3.5
New York 9.0 July 1976 10.5 Apr. 1988 4.0
North Carolina 11.2 Dec. 2009 11.2 Apr. 1999 3.1
North Dakota 4.4 Mar. 1983 6.9 Jan. 1998 2.5
Ohio 10.9 Jan. 1983 13.8 Mar. 2001 3.9
Oklahoma 6.6 Aug. 1986 9.4 Jan. 2001 2.7
Oregon 11.0 May 2009 12.2 Apr. 1995 4.7
Pennsylvania 8.9 Mar. 1983 12.9 Mar. 2000 4.0
Rhode Island 12.9 Sept. 2009 13.0 July 1988 2.9
South Carolina 12.6 Dec. 2009 12.6 Mar. 1998 3.1
South Dakota 4.7 Oct. 1982 5.9 Mar. 2000 2.4
Tennessee 10.9 Dec. 1982 12.4 Mar. 2000 3.8
Texas 8.3 Oct. 1986 9.3 July 2007 4.3
Utah 6.7 Mar. 1983 9.7 Mar. 2007 2.4
Vermont 6.9 June 1976 9.0 Mar. 2000 2.2
Virginia 6.9 Jan. 1983 7.8 Jan. 2001 2.2
Washington 9.5 Nov. 1982 12.2 Apr. 2007 4.4
West Virginia 9.1 Mar. 1983 18.2 Jan. 2008 4.1
Wisconsin 8.7 Jan. 1983 11.8 Apr. 1999 2.9
Wyoming 7.5 May 1983 10.1 Feb. 1979 1.9
Note: Data series begin in January 1976.

p = preliminary.

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