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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Tucson peaked in November 2009 at 10.0% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in August 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Arizona 5.0% +0.1 +0.2
Tucson 4.7% 0.0 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 December 2009 at 48,480. There are now 24,756 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 20,621 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,103. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 23,724 +330 +2,277

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 4.9%
August
2019
3.7% 5.0% 4.7% 23,724
July
2019
3.7% 4.9% 4.7% 23,394
June
2019
3.7% 4.9% 4.6% 22,913
May
2019
3.6% 4.9% 4.6% 22,775
April
2019
3.6% 4.9% 4.6% 22,843
March
2019
3.8% 5.0% 4.7% 23,311
February
2019
3.8% 5.1% 4.8% 23,491
January
2019
4.0% 5.1% 4.8% 23,386
December
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.6% 22,427
November
2018
3.7% 4.9% 4.6% 22,433
October
2018
3.8% 4.9% 4.5% 22,275

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.