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State by State Data: May Employment Data

Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases national and state-level data on U.S. employment, which provide useful information about the state of the labor market and progress toward building a better America. The below map and chart created by the Joint Economic Committee highlight key trends in the most recent monthly data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The most recent state-level data, which cover the month of May 2024, were released on June 25th, 2024. The latest national data were released on June 7th, 2024.
  • The U.S. economy added 272,000 jobs in May 2024, and the United States has seen 40 consecutive months of job growth under President Biden.
  • Since President Biden came into office, the United States has added over 15.6 million jobs, and at 4.0%, the unemployment rate remains near historic lows.
  • In May, the unemployment rate was 6.1% for Black workers, 5.0% for Hispanic workers, 3.1% for Asian workers, 3.5% for white workers, and 6.1% (not seasonally adjusted) for American Indian and Alaska Native workers.