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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2021 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 April 2020 at 14.2% and is now 10.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Arizona 4.7% -0.5 -2.1
Tucson 4.0% -0.3 -2.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 69,988. There are now 50,089 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 19,899 -1,191 -12,505

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 4.7% 4.0% 19,899
October
2021
4.6% 5.2% 4.3% 21,090
September
2021
4.7% 5.7% 4.4% 21,489
August
2021
5.2% 6.2% 4.9% 24,100
July
2021
5.4% 6.6% 5.9% 28,950
June
2021
5.9% 6.8% 6.8% 33,962
May
2021
5.8% 6.7% 6.7% 33,312
April
2021
6.0% 6.7% 6.5% 32,348
March
2021
6.0% 6.7% 6.4% 31,691
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 7.0% 34,646
January
2021
6.4% 6.7% 7.0% 34,761

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.