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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix fell 0.3 percentage points in August 2017 to 3.9%. 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 November 2009 at 10.3% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Arizona 5.0% -0.1 -0.1
Phoenix 3.9% -0.3 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 123,125 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 90,542 -7,036 -9,943

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 4.7%
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 3.9% 90,542
July
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.2% 97,578
June
2017
4.4% 5.1% 4.4% 100,587
May
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.5% 103,026
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.2% 97,119
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 4.3% 99,418
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 4.5% 103,745
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 4.4% 99,693
December
2016
4.7% 5.0% 4.3% 96,903
November
2016
4.6% 5.0% 4.3% 97,937
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 4.4% 99,045

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.