Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2017 to 5.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Mississippi 5.5% 0.0 -0.6

Note: All comparisons are made with January data as February state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Mississippi peaked in February 2010 at 137,004. There are now 65,532 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 71,107 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 365. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 71,472 +365 -7,306

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Mississippi from 1990 to January 2017

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 5.5% 71,472
December 2016 4.7% 5.5% 71,107
November 2016 4.6% 5.6% 71,833
October 2016 4.8% 5.7% 72,627
September 2016 4.9% 5.7% 73,479
August 2016 4.9% 5.8% 74,310
July 2016 4.9% 5.9% 75,069
June 2016 4.9% 5.9% 75,574
May 2016 4.7% 5.9% 75,860
April 2016 5.0% 6.0% 76,241
March 2016 5.0% 6.0% 76,903