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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson rose 0.2 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.7%. 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 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in December 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 January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Arizona 5.0% 0.0 -0.5
Tucson 4.7% +0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 25,843 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 21,729 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 822. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 22,551 +822 -624

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 4.7% 22,551
December
2016
4.7% 5.0% 4.5% 21,729
November
2016
4.6% 5.0% 4.6% 22,073
October
2016
4.8% 5.0% 4.8% 22,882
September
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.9% 23,348
August
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.9% 23,212
July
2016
4.9% 5.2% 5.3% 25,112
June
2016
4.9% 5.3% 5.3% 25,398
May
2016
4.7% 5.3% 5.4% 25,626
April
2016
5.0% 5.4% 5.3% 25,371
March
2016
5.0% 5.5% 4.9% 23,520

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.