Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 6.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Mississippi peaked in January 2010 at 10.8% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.6% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Mississippi 6.7% +0.1 -1.0

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Mississippi peaked in February 2010 at 137,004. There are now 52,986 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 83,301 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 717. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 84,018 +717 -10,907

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Mississippi from 1990 to May 2015

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
May 2015 5.5% 6.7% 84,018
April 2015 5.4% 6.6% 83,301
March 2015 5.5% 6.8% 84,714
February 2015 5.5% 7.0% 86,144
January 2015 5.7% 7.1% 87,679
December 2014 5.6% 7.2% 87,693
November 2014 5.8% 7.2% 87,982
October 2014 5.7% 7.3% 88,569
September 2014 5.9% 7.3% 89,388
August 2014 6.1% 7.4% 90,469
July 2014 6.2% 7.5% 91,854
June 2014 6.1% 7.6% 93,446