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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson rose 0.2 percentage points in March 2016 to 5.0%. 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 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Arizona 5.4% -0.1 -0.8
Tucson 5.0% +0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 24,850 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 22,663 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 881. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 23,544 +881 -3,046

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
March
2016
5.0% 5.4% 5.0% 23,544
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.8% 22,663
January
2016
4.9% 5.6% 4.9% 23,175
December
2015
5.0% 5.9% 5.3% 24,834
November
2015
5.0% 5.9% 5.4% 25,012
October
2015
5.0% 5.9% 5.4% 25,067
September
2015
5.1% 5.9% 5.4% 25,021
August
2015
5.1% 6.0% 5.4% 25,092
July
2015
5.3% 6.0% 5.5% 25,414
June
2015
5.3% 6.0% 5.6% 25,972
May
2015
5.5% 6.1% 5.7% 26,515
April
2015
5.4% 6.1% 5.8% 26,710

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.