Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 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 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Mississippi 5.1% +0.1 +0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Mississippi peaked in February 2010 at 137,350. There are now 72,531 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 59,311 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,508. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 64,819 +1,521 +5,050

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Mississippi from 1990 to July 2019

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
August 2019 3.7%
July 2019 3.7% 5.1% 64,819
June 2019 3.7% 5.0% 63,298
May 2019 3.6% 5.0% 62,818
April 2019 3.6% 4.9% 62,686
March 2019 3.8% 4.9% 61,511
February 2019 3.8% 4.8% 60,613
January 2019 4.0% 4.7% 60,174
December 2018 3.9% 4.7% 59,759
November 2018 3.7% 4.7% 59,685
October 2018 3.8% 4.7% 59,466
September 2018 3.7% 4.7% 59,311