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Joint Economic Committee Democrats Chairman - Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

State by State Fact Sheets: December 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 December 2023, were released on January 23, 2024. The latest national data were released on January 5th, 2024.

  • The U.S. economy added 216,000 jobs in December 2023, and the United States has seen 35 consecutive months of job growth under President Biden.  
  • Since President Biden came into office, the United States has added over 14 million jobs, and at 3.7%, the unemployment rate remains near historic lows. 
  • In December, the unemployment rate was 5.2% for Black workers, 5.0% for Hispanic workers, 3.1% for Asian workers, 3.5% for white workers, and 5.9% (not seasonally adjusted) for American Indian and Alaska Native workers. 

Puerto Rico