Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2016 to 6.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 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 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.3% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Mississippi 6.3% -0.2 -0.2

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Mississippi peaked in February 2010 at 137,004. There are now 55,495 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 80,342 in July 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,167. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 81,509 -3,871 -944

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Mississippi from 1990 to March 2016

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
March 2016 5.0% 6.3% 81,509
February 2016 4.9% 6.5% 85,380
January 2016 4.9% 6.7% 87,438
December 2015 5.0% 6.8% 87,257
November 2015 5.0% 6.6% 85,316
October 2015 5.0% 6.5% 83,431
September 2015 5.1% 6.4% 81,733
August 2015 5.1% 6.3% 80,600
July 2015 5.3% 6.3% 80,342
June 2015 5.3% 6.4% 80,764
May 2015 5.5% 6.4% 81,452
April 2015 5.4% 6.5% 82,015