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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Tucson peaked in October 2009 at 10.0% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Arizona 5.8% -0.2 -0.8
Tucson 5.3% -0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 October 2009 at 48,394. There are now 23,518 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 24,221 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 655. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 24,876 -850 -3,204

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.8% 5.3% 24,876
November
2015
5.0% 6.0% 5.5% 25,726
October
2015
5.0% 6.1% 5.6% 26,051
September
2015
5.1% 6.3% 5.6% 26,432
August
2015
5.1% 6.3% 5.8% 26,983
July
2015
5.3% 6.1% 5.8% 26,794
June
2015
5.3% 5.9% 5.5% 25,946
May
2015
5.5% 5.8% 5.3% 24,881
April
2015
5.4% 6.0% 5.3% 24,657
March
2015
5.5% 6.2% 5.2% 24,221
February
2015
5.5% 6.5% 5.7% 26,398

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.