Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2014 to 7.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Mississippi peaked in January 2010 at 11.0% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.4% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
Mississippi 7.9% -0.1 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Mississippi peaked in July 2011 at 145,070. There are now 45,416 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 93,531 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,123. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 99,654 -1,796 -10,168

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Mississippi from 1990 to August 2014

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
August 2014 6.1% 7.9% 99,654
July 2014 6.2% 8.0% 101,450
June 2014 6.1% 7.9% 100,474
May 2014 6.3% 7.7% 98,176
April 2014 6.3% 7.5% 95,477
March 2014 6.7% 7.6% 96,345
February 2014 6.7% 7.4% 93,531
January 2014 6.6% 7.5% 95,009
December 2013 6.7% 7.8% 99,096
November 2013 7.0% 8.0% 101,741
October 2013 7.2% 8.2% 104,673
September 2013 7.2% 8.4% 107,475
August 2013 7.2% 8.6% 109,822