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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2016 to 5.1%. 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 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Arizona 5.6% +0.1 -0.5
Phoenix 5.1% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 100,994 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 101,295 in January 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,378. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 112,673 +1,049 -2,804

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 5.8%
May
2016
4.7% 5.6% 5.1% 112,673
April
2016
5.0% 5.5% 5.0% 111,624
March
2016
5.0% 5.4% 4.6% 103,130
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.6% 101,531
January
2016
4.9% 5.6% 4.6% 101,295
December
2015
5.0% 5.9% 5.0% 109,652
November
2015
5.0% 5.9% 5.1% 110,301
October
2015
5.0% 5.9% 5.1% 110,508
September
2015
5.1% 5.9% 5.1% 110,622
August
2015
5.1% 6.0% 5.1% 111,224
July
2015
5.3% 6.0% 5.2% 112,264

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.