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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.5 percentage points in August 2017 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Tucson peaked in October 2009 at 10.0% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Arizona 5.0% -0.1 -0.1
Tucson 4.1% -0.5 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 28,700 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 19,694 -2,109 -2,762

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 4.7%
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.1% 19,694
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
November
2016
4.6% 5.0% 4.6% 21,861
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 4.7% 22,212

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.