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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2017 to 4.6%. 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 October 2009 at 10.0% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Arizona 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
Tucson 4.6% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 26,622 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 21,507 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 265. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 21,772 -505 -2,684

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 5.1%
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.6% 21,772
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 4.7% 22,277
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 4.8% 23,047
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 4.7% 22,139
December
2016
4.7% 5.0% 4.5% 21,507
November
2016
4.6% 5.0% 4.6% 21,861
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 4.7% 22,212
September
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.7% 22,406
August
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.8% 22,456
July
2016
4.9% 5.2% 4.8% 22,633
June
2016
4.9% 5.3% 4.9% 23,133

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.