Unemployment Rates in Swing States (Updated)

Courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) here are the unemployment rates for the “swing states”:

States Unemployment
Arizona 4.2
Georgia 3.4
Michigan 4.1
Pennsylvania  3.4
Wisconsin 3.2

All of those are lower than they were in January 2021 but higher than they were in December 2019.


The CPI by state over the period isn’t readily available but here’s a graph of the historic CPI for the Midwest Region:

And here’s a graph of the change in real household income for each of the “swing states”:

6 comments… add one
  • steve Link

    Interesting. You want to compare UE with 2019 but inflation starting with 2019. There was a large increase in median income in 2020 due to covid.


  • Andy Link

    Thank you for this.

    One of my soapboxes lately is the focus on national averaged statistics and not the swing states. It looks like pretty much every indicator is below the national average.

    BTW, I believe Nevada is also considered a swing state for 2024.

  • Andy Link


    There is a slider at the bottom to change the starting date. Seeing 2019, I don’t think it changes much. Every state is down except for Georgia.

  • Andy Link

    One major caveat is that the FRED chart only goes 1/1/2022 for median income. FRED doesn’t have newer numbers for some reason, so we’re missing almost 2 years of data.

  • I did my best to compare apples with apples, using the least controversial sources I could identify.

  • Andy Link

    I agree – I didn’t mean that as a criticism of you. It’s just strange they don’t have data through 1/1/2023. I did a cursory check and didn’t find an easy alternative source beyond manually collating monthly reports.

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