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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2016 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Phoenix peaked in November 2009 at 10.3% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.6% -0.2 -0.4
Arizona 5.0% -0.2 -0.9
Phoenix 4.4% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2016 data as December 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 115,808 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 97,859 -2,342 -12,442

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
December
2016
4.7%
November
2016
4.6% 5.0% 4.4% 97,859
October
2016
4.8% 5.2% 4.5% 100,201
September
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.6% 102,050
August
2016
4.9% 5.8% 4.6% 101,886
July
2016
4.9% 6.0% 5.0% 110,812
June
2016
4.9% 5.8% 5.0% 112,188
May
2016
4.7% 5.6% 5.0% 112,499
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

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.