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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.9 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.9%. 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 8.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Arizona 6.6% -0.2 -3.8
Tucson 5.9% -0.9 -4.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 69,988. There are now 40,854 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 29,134 -4,828 -22,597

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.6% 5.9% 29,134
June
2021
5.9% 6.8% 6.8% 33,962
May
2021
5.8% 6.7% 6.7% 33,312
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 6.7% 7.0% 34,761
December
2020
6.7% 6.8% 6.5% 32,214
November
2020
6.7% 6.8% 6.6% 32,404
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 6.6% 32,507
September
2020
7.8% 6.9% 6.6% 32,227

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.