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The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, States, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.

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General Overview:

Overview

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Economic News Releases:

Current

Annual

  • Regional and State Unemployment (Annual) (HTML) (PDF)

Archived

Caution: data in many archived news releases have been revised in subsequent releases.
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Special Notice:
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Get Detailed LAUS Statistics:

Please note that the "Get Detailed LAUS Statistics" tools for data retrieval will be unavailable from 10:00 AM to approximately 10:30 AM on the day of a Local Area Unemployment Statistics release because the LAUS database is updated during that time. A schedule of upcoming release dates is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausched.htm.

  • Instructions for Extracting Data--Quick, easy instructions on how to extract Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) data.
  • Create Customized Maps--Create a map showing unemployment rates or changes in rates by State, metropolitan area, or county. Note that data are not displayed for the recently designated Lake Havasu City-Kingman, Arizona, and Palm Coast, Florida, metropolitan areas, nor for the newly renamed Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida metropolitan area. Also note that the titles for metropolitan areas displayed in the maps and in the data tables below the maps do not yet reflect the changes issued by the Office of Management and Budget on December 18, 2006, and November 20, 2007.
  • Most Requested Statistics--Select from lists of the most popular Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS).
  • Create Customized Tables (one screen)--This application requires a Java-enabled browser. Choose the data you want from BLS databases on a simple, one-screen form.
  • Create Customized Tables (multiple screens)--A form-based query application which allows you to obtain BLS time series data based on choices you make.
  • Series Report--Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
  • Flat files FTP Site--For those who want it all. Download a flat file of the entire database or large subset of the database.
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Tables and Maps Created by BLS:

Monthly

Regional and State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly)

Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment (Monthly)


Latest Twelve-Month Average

COUNTY DATA

Maps

  • Unemployment rates by county (GIF) (PDF)

NEW ENGLAND DATA BY
MINOR CIVIL DIVISION

Maps

  • Unemployment rates by Minor Civil Division (GIF) (PDF)

Annual Average

STATEWIDE DATA

Tables

Maps

  • Latest annual average State unemployment rates (GIF) (PDF)
  • Latest over-the-year change in unemployment rates by State (GIF) (PDF)
  • Latest employment-population ratios by State (GIF) (PDF)
  • Historical State unemployment rate maps (ZIP 732K) (PDF 3,292K)

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METROPOLITAN AREA DATA

Tables


Maps

  • Latest annual average metropolitan area unemployment rates (GIF) (PDF)
  • Historical metropolitan area unemployment rates (ZIP 1,303KB)(PDF 1,661KB)

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COUNTY DATA

Tables

  • Labor force data by county, 2007 annual averages (TXT, ZIP167KB) NEW
  • Labor force data by county, 2006 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB) UPDATED
  • Labor force data by county, 2005 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB) UPDATED
  • Labor force data by county, 2004 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB) UPDATED
  • Labor force data by county, 2003 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 164KB) UPDATED
  • Labor force data by county, 2002 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 168KB) UPDATED
  • Labor force data by county, 2001 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 168KB) UPDATED
  • Labor force data by county, 2000 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB) UPDATED
  • Labor force data by county, 1999 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB)
  • Labor force data by county, 1998 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB)
  • Labor force data by county, 1997 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB)
  • Labor force data by county, 1996 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB)
  • Labor force data by county, 1995 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB)
  • Labor force data by county, 1994 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB)
  • Labor force data by county, 1993 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB)
  • Labor force data by county, 1992 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB)
  • Labor force data by county, 1991 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB)
  • Labor force data by county, 1990 annual averages (TXT, ZIP 167KB)

Maps


NEW ENGLAND DATA BY
MINOR CIVIL DIVISION

Maps

  • Latest annual average Minor Civil Division unemployment rates (GIF) (PDF)
  • Historical Minor Civil Division unemployment rates (ZIP 2,644KB) (PDF 2,744KB)

    How to View Zip Files


CITY DATA

Tables


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Publications and Other Documentation:
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Related Links:

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 People Are Asking...

1. Does LAUS have information on labor force participation rates and employment-population ratios?

2. What is the relationship between the LAUS and American Community Survey labor force estimates?

3. Where can I get more information on the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Local Area Unemployment Statistics?

4. What changes were made to State and local area labor force estimates?

5. Where can I find information on metropolitan areas, including recent changes?

6. What areas have the highest or lowest unemployment rates?

7. How can I apply for unemployment insurance?

8. Where can I find out if my unemployment insurance benefits will be extended?

9. Since you do not have the data I need, where can I get them?

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 Latest Numbers

Unemployment Rates, seasonally adjusted

Alabama
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4.1%(p) in Mar 2008

Alaska
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6.7%(p) in Mar 2008

Arizona
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4.0%(p) in Mar 2008

Arkansas
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4.9%(p) in Mar 2008

California
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6.2%(p) in Mar 2008

Colorado
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4.4%(p) in Mar 2008

Connecticut
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5.3%(p) in Mar 2008

Delaware
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3.8%(p) in Mar 2008

D.C.
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6.2%(p) in Mar 2008

Florida
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4.9%(p) in Mar 2008

Georgia
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5.3%(p) in Mar 2008

Hawaii
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3.1%(p) in Mar 2008

Idaho
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3.0%(p) in Mar 2008

Illinois
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5.5%(p) in Mar 2008

Indiana
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5.1%(p) in Mar 2008

Iowa
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3.5%(p) in Mar 2008

Kansas
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4.1%(p) in Mar 2008

Kentucky
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5.7%(p) in Mar 2008

Louisiana
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4.5%(p) in Mar 2008

Maine
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5.0%(p) in Mar 2008

Maryland
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3.6%(p) in Mar 2008

Massachusetts
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4.4%(p) in Mar 2008

Michigan
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7.2%(p) in Mar 2008

Minnesota
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4.7%(p) in Mar 2008

Mississippi
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6.0%(p) in Mar 2008

Missouri
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5.7%(p) in Mar 2008

Montana
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3.6%(p) in Mar 2008

Nebraska
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2.9%(p) in Mar 2008

Nevada
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5.8%(p) in Mar 2008

New Hampshire
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3.9%(p) in Mar 2008

New Jersey
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4.8%(p) in Mar 2008

New Mexico
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3.7%(p) in Mar 2008

New York
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4.8%(p) in Mar 2008

North Carolina
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5.2%(p) in Mar 2008

North Dakota
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3.1%(p) in Mar 2008

Ohio
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5.7%(p) in Mar 2008

Oklahoma
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3.1%(p) in Mar 2008

Oregon
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5.7%(p) in Mar 2008

Pennsylvania
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4.9%(p) in Mar 2008

Puerto Rico
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9.8%(p) in Mar 2008

Rhode Island
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6.1%(p) in Mar 2008

South Carolina
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5.7%(p) in Mar 2008

South Dakota
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2.5%(p) in Mar 2008

Tennessee
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5.6%(p) in Mar 2008

Texas
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4.3%(p) in Mar 2008

Utah
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3.3%(p) in Mar 2008

Vermont
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4.6%(p) in Mar 2008

Virginia
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3.7%(p) in Mar 2008

Washington
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4.9%(p) in Mar 2008

West Virginia
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4.7%(p) in Mar 2008

Wisconsin
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4.8%(p) in Mar 2008

Wyoming
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3.1%(p) in Mar 2008

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