Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2018 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Mississippi peaked in February 2010 at 10.9% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Mississippi 4.8% 0.0 -0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Mississippi peaked in February 2010 at 137,350. There are now 75,705 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 57,275 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,370. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 61,645 +561 -2,168

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Mississippi from 1990 to August 2018

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
September 2018 3.7%
August 2018 3.9% 4.8% 61,645
July 2018 3.9% 4.8% 61,084
June 2018 4.0% 4.7% 60,641
May 2018 3.8% 4.7% 59,516
April 2018 3.9% 4.6% 58,232
March 2018 4.1% 4.5% 57,275
February 2018 4.1% 4.5% 57,658
January 2018 4.1% 4.6% 58,277
December 2017 4.1% 4.8% 60,933
November 2017 4.1% 4.8% 60,818
October 2017 4.1% 4.8% 61,067