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Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jackson rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Jackson peaked in January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Jackson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Mississippi 4.8% -0.1 -0.8
Jackson 4.2% +0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Jackson, Mississippi, National

Jackson, Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Jackson, Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Jackson peaked in November 2010 at 23,786. There are now 12,315 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,778 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 693. Jackson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jackson, Mississippi) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Jackson 11,471 +693 -1,459

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.2% 11,471
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.0% 10,778
September
2017
4.2% 5.2% 4.2% 11,532
August
2017
4.4% 5.3% 4.6% 12,460
July
2017
4.3% 5.2% 4.6% 12,644
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.5% 12,304
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 4.5% 12,259
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.3% 11,964
March
2017
4.5% 5.1% 4.2% 11,549
February
2017
4.7% 5.2% 4.1% 11,219
January
2017
4.8% 5.5% 4.6% 12,759

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.