Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 6.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Mississippi peaked in April 2020 at 15.7% and is now 9.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Mississippi 6.1% -0.1 -4.9

Note: All comparisons are made with May data as June state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Mississippi peaked in April 2020 at 191,000. There are now 112,509 fewer people unemployed in the state. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 78,491 -1,035 -56,682

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Mississippi from 1990 to May 2021

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 6.1% 78,491
April 2021 6.1% 6.2% 79,526
March 2021 6.0% 6.2% 79,988
February 2021 6.2% 6.3% 80,991
January 2021 6.3% 6.4% 82,191
December 2020 6.7% 6.6% 83,848
November 2020 6.7% 6.7% 85,575
October 2020 6.9% 6.9% 87,918
September 2020 7.8% 7.2% 91,440
August 2020 8.4% 7.8% 97,292
July 2020 10.2% 8.5% 106,291