Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 5.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 5.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Mississippi 5.6% -0.1 -1.2

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 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 64,797 fewer people unemployed in the state. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 72,207 -1,208 -15,050

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 5.6% 72,207
November 2016 4.6% 5.7% 73,415
October 2016 4.8% 5.9% 75,012
September 2016 4.9% 6.0% 75,885
August 2016 4.9% 6.0% 76,059
July 2016 4.9% 6.0% 75,820
June 2016 4.9% 5.9% 75,536
May 2016 4.7% 5.9% 75,455
April 2016 5.0% 6.0% 77,949
March 2016 5.0% 6.3% 81,624
February 2016 4.9% 6.5% 85,380