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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2022 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Tucson peaked in April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 10.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
Arizona 3.3% 0.0 -1.6
Tucson 3.5% +0.1 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 data as August 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 63,491. There are now 46,678 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,879 in April 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 934. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 16,813 +310 -6,843

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 3.3% 3.5% 16,813
June
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.4% 16,503
May
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.3% 16,191
April
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.3% 15,879
March
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.3% 15,925
February
2022
3.8% 3.6% 3.5% 16,760
January
2022
4.0% 3.7% 3.6% 17,126
December
2021
3.9% 3.9% 3.8% 18,139
November
2021
4.2% 3.9% 3.7% 17,925
October
2021
4.6% 3.9% 3.8% 18,081
September
2021
4.7% 4.2% 4.0% 19,488

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.