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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2017 to 4.0%. 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 6.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Arizona 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Tucson 4.0% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 data as November 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 29,436 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 18,958 -314 -3,254

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.0% 18,958
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 4.1% 19,272
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.1% 19,674
July
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.6% 21,803
June
2017
4.4% 5.1% 4.7% 22,612
May
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.8% 22,918
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.6% 21,739
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

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.