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Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2014 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Phoenix peaked in December 2009 at 10.1% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Arizona 6.8% -0.1 -1.0
Phoenix 5.7% -0.1 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2014 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Phoenix, Arizona, National

Phoenix, Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Phoenix peaked in February 2010 at 211,722. There are now 92,130 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 119,592 -543 -16,594

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
November
2014
5.8%
October
2014
5.8% 6.8% 5.7% 119,592
September
2014
5.9% 6.9% 5.8% 120,135
August
2014
6.1% 7.1% 5.9% 122,557
July
2014
6.2% 7.0% 6.0% 123,732
June
2014
6.1% 6.9% 6.0% 125,031
May
2014
6.3% 6.8% 6.0% 124,400
April
2014
6.3% 6.9% 6.1% 126,635
March
2014
6.7% 7.3% 6.4% 130,548
February
2014
6.7% 7.3% 6.3% 128,316
January
2014
6.6% 7.5% 6.5% 131,526
December
2013
6.7% 7.6% 6.5% 132,898
November
2013
7.0% 7.8% 6.6% 134,480

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.