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Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix rose 0.1 percentage points in June 2015 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Phoenix peaked in November 2009 at 10.3% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% -0.2 -0.8
Arizona 5.9% +0.1 -0.9
Phoenix 5.1% +0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2015 data as July 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 102,612 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 107,480 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,575. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 111,055 +2,783 -14,247

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
July
2015
5.3% 6.1%
June
2015
5.3% 5.9% 5.1% 111,055
May
2015
5.5% 5.8% 5.0% 108,272
April
2015
5.4% 6.0% 5.2% 111,870
March
2015
5.5% 6.2% 5.0% 107,480
February
2015
5.5% 6.5% 5.5% 118,399
January
2015
5.7% 6.6% 5.7% 121,804
December
2014
5.6% 6.6% 5.8% 123,348
November
2014
5.8% 6.6% 5.8% 123,614
October
2014
5.7% 6.6% 5.8% 123,510
September
2014
5.9% 6.6% 5.8% 123,587
August
2014
6.1% 6.7% 5.9% 124,187

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.