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Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.0%. 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 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Arizona 5.8% -0.2 -0.8
Phoenix 5.0% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 105,784 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 403. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 107,883 -3,982 -15,465

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.8% 5.0% 107,883
November
2015
5.0% 6.0% 5.2% 111,865
October
2015
5.0% 6.1% 5.2% 111,950
September
2015
5.1% 6.3% 5.2% 113,447
August
2015
5.1% 6.3% 5.3% 114,126
July
2015
5.3% 6.1% 5.3% 114,477
June
2015
5.3% 5.9% 5.1% 110,844
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

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.