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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Tucson peaked in October 2009 at 10.0% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Arizona 4.7% +0.1 0.0
Tucson 4.2% -0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 October 2009 at 48,394. There are now 27,773 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,341 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,280. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 20,621 -717 +100

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.7% 4.2% 20,621
September
2018
3.7% 4.6% 4.4% 21,338
August
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.4% 21,140
July
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.2% 20,340
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 4.1% 19,593
May
2018
3.8% 4.7% 4.0% 19,341
April
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.4% 21,029
March
2018
4.1% 4.9% 4.5% 21,909
February
2018
4.1% 4.9% 4.7% 22,872
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.5% 21,775
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.4% 21,034

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.