Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2017 to 5.3%. 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 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Mississippi 5.3% +0.1 -0.5

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 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 68,756 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 64,212 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,036. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 68,248 +819 -6,062

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
August 2017 4.4% 5.3% 68,248
July 2017 4.3% 5.2% 67,429
June 2017 4.4% 5.0% 65,334
May 2017 4.3% 4.9% 64,212
April 2017 4.4% 5.0% 64,759
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