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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2014 to 6.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Tucson peaked in December 2009 at 9.8% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Arizona 7.3% -0.2 -0.7
Tucson 6.4% -0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Tucson, Arizona, National

Tucson, Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Tucson, Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tucson peaked in January 2010 at 47,378. There are now 18,622 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 28,756 -672 -2,807

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 7.3%
February
2014
6.7% 7.3% 6.4% 28,756
January
2014
6.6% 7.5% 6.6% 29,428
December
2013
6.7% 7.6% 6.6% 29,770
November
2013
7.0% 7.8% 6.8% 30,690
October
2013
7.2% 7.8% 7.0% 31,522
September
2013
7.2% 8.0% 7.0% 31,915
August
2013
7.2% 8.1% 7.0% 31,838
July
2013
7.3% 8.1% 6.9% 31,421
June
2013
7.5% 8.1% 7.0% 32,014
May
2013
7.5% 8.0% 6.9% 31,660
April
2013
7.5% 8.0% 7.0% 32,195
March
2013
7.5% 8.0% 6.9% 31,600

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.