Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2017 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 5.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Mississippi 5.0% -0.1 -1.0

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 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 72,317 fewer people unemployed in the state. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 64,687 -1,124 -11,554

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
April 2017 4.4% 5.0% 64,687
March 2017 4.5% 5.1% 65,811
February 2017 4.7% 5.2% 68,039
January 2017 4.8% 5.5% 71,452
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