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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson rose 0.3 percentage points in July 2015 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Tucson peaked in October 2009 at 10.0% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% 0.0 -0.9
Arizona 6.1% +0.2 -0.6
Tucson 5.8% +0.3 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2015 data as August 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 21,548 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 2,625. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 26,846 +900 -1,388

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
August
2015
5.1%
July
2015
5.3% 6.1% 5.8% 26,846
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
January
2015
5.7% 6.6% 5.8% 27,184
December
2014
5.6% 6.6% 6.0% 28,080
November
2014
5.8% 6.6% 6.0% 28,107
October
2014
5.7% 6.6% 6.0% 28,016
September
2014
5.9% 6.6% 6.0% 27,923

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.