Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Tucson peaked in December 2009 at 9.8% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in October 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Arizona 6.6% 0.0 -0.6
Tucson 6.2% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 47,534. There are now 19,103 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,904 in October 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,527. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 28,431 +245 -1,419

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
March
2015
5.5%
February
2015
5.5% 6.5%
January
2015
5.7% 6.6%
December
2014
5.6% 6.6% 6.2% 28,431
November
2014
5.8% 6.6% 6.2% 28,186
October
2014
5.7% 6.6% 5.9% 26,904
September
2014
5.9% 6.6% 6.0% 27,062
August
2014
6.1% 6.7% 6.1% 27,778
July
2014
6.2% 6.7% 6.2% 28,172
June
2014
6.1% 6.8% 6.3% 28,518
May
2014
6.3% 6.9% 6.3% 28,412
April
2014
6.2% 6.9% 6.4% 28,812

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.