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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2020 to 7.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Tucson peaked in April 2020 at 13.1% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.3 percentage points. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Arizona 8.0% +0.1 +3.5
Tucson 7.9% 0.0 +3.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 25,672 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,779 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 12,445. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 39,224 -77 +18,080

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7% 7.5%
November
2020
6.7% 8.0% 7.9% 39,224
October
2020
6.9% 7.9% 7.9% 39,301
September
2020
7.8% 6.5% 6.3% 30,925
August
2020
8.4% 5.9% 5.6% 26,779
July
2020
10.2% 10.7% 10.3% 51,614
June
2020
11.1% 10.0% 9.6% 47,693
May
2020
13.3% 9.0% 8.7% 43,294
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 4.5% 4.3% 21,388

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.