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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Tucson peaked in October 2009 at 10.0% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Arizona 4.7% -0.2 -0.2
Tucson 4.0% -0.4 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 October 2009 at 48,394. There are now 29,053 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 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 19,341 -1,688 -2,069

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.4% 20,769
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.3% 20,521
September
2017
4.2% 4.7% 4.3% 20,446
August
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.3% 20,512
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.3% 20,660

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.