Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi rose 0.4 percentage points in December 2015 to 6.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 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 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in October 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Mississippi 6.4% +0.4 -0.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 54,293 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 74,971 in October 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,740. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 82,711 +5,858 -4,982

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 6.4% 82,711
November 2015 5.0% 6.0% 76,853
October 2015 5.0% 5.9% 74,971
September 2015 5.1% 6.1% 77,168
August 2015 5.1% 6.3% 79,580
July 2015 5.3% 6.5% 81,771
June 2015 5.3% 6.6% 82,980
May 2015 5.5% 6.7% 84,000
April 2015 5.4% 6.6% 83,301
March 2015 5.5% 6.8% 84,714
February 2015 5.5% 7.0% 86,144