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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2014 to 6.0%. 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 December 2009 at 9.8% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
Arizona 6.9% -0.2 -1.1
Tucson 6.0% -0.1 -0.9
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 January 2010 at 47,534. There are now 20,449 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 27,085 -693 -3,911

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
September
2014
5.9% 6.9% 6.0% 27,085
August
2014
6.1% 7.1% 6.1% 27,778
July
2014
6.2% 7.0% 6.2% 28,172
June
2014
6.1% 6.9% 6.3% 28,518
May
2014
6.3% 6.8% 6.3% 28,412
April
2014
6.3% 6.9% 6.4% 28,812
March
2014
6.7% 7.3% 6.6% 29,563
February
2014
6.7% 7.3% 6.5% 28,912
January
2014
6.6% 7.5% 6.6% 29,604
December
2013
6.7% 7.6% 6.7% 29,850
November
2013
7.0% 7.8% 6.8% 30,199
October
2013
7.2% 7.8% 6.8% 30,586
September
2013
7.2% 8.0% 6.9% 30,996

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.