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Tucson, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tucson fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Tucson peaked in October 2009 at 10.0% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Tucson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Arizona 5.1% 0.0 +0.3
Tucson 4.9% -0.3 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 24,352 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,341 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,701. Tucson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tucson, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Tucson 24,042 -1,632 +1,170

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tucson, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployment Rate
Tucson
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 5.0%
February
2019
3.8% 5.1% 4.9% 24,042
January
2019
4.0% 5.1% 5.2% 25,674
December
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.7% 23,357
November
2018
3.7% 4.9% 4.2% 20,855
October
2018
3.8% 4.9% 4.2% 20,608
September
2018
3.7% 4.8% 4.4% 21,338
August
2018
3.8% 4.8% 4.4% 21,140
July
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.2% 20,340
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 4.1% 19,593
May
2018
3.8% 4.7% 4.0% 19,341
April
2018
3.9% 4.8% 4.4% 21,029

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.