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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 4.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Tucson peaked in April 2020 at 13.1% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Arizona 9.0% -4.4 +4.2
Tucson 8.6% -4.5 +4.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Tucson, Arizona, National

Tucson, Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Tucson, Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tucson peaked in April 2020 at 64,896. There are now 21,732 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 43,164 -21,732 +20,682

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 10.0%
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 8.6% 43,164
April
2020
14.7% 13.4% 13.1% 64,896
March
2020
4.4% 6.1% 6.0% 29,924
February
2020
3.5% 4.5% 4.3% 21,464
January
2020
3.6% 4.5% 4.3% 21,388
December
2019
3.5% 4.5% 4.2% 21,031
November
2019
3.5% 4.5% 4.2% 21,144
October
2019
3.6% 4.5% 4.2% 21,310
September
2019
3.5% 4.6% 4.3% 21,523
August
2019
3.7% 4.6% 4.3% 21,772

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.