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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2017 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Phoenix peaked in November 2009 at 10.3% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Arizona 5.1% +0.1 -0.4
Phoenix 4.6% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 October 2009 at 213,667. There are now 107,702 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 96,546 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9,419. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 105,965 +4,054 +4,434

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 5.0%
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 4.6% 105,965
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 4.5% 101,911
December
2016
4.7% 5.0% 4.3% 96,546
November
2016
4.6% 5.0% 4.4% 97,747
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 4.5% 100,201
September
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.6% 102,050
August
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.6% 101,886
July
2016
4.9% 5.2% 5.0% 110,812
June
2016
4.9% 5.3% 5.0% 112,188
May
2016
4.7% 5.3% 5.0% 112,499
April
2016
5.0% 5.4% 5.0% 111,624

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.