Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2020 to 5.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.9 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 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Mississippi 5.5% -0.1 +0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Mississippi peaked in February 2010 at 137,350. There are now 67,615 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 60,170 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9,565. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 69,735 -1,449 +4,471

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Mississippi from 1990 to January 2020

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 5.5% 69,735
December 2019 3.5% 5.6% 71,184
November 2019 3.5% 5.6% 71,296
October 2019 3.6% 5.6% 71,472
September 2019 3.5% 5.6% 71,389
August 2019 3.7% 5.5% 71,008
July 2019 3.7% 5.5% 70,291
June 2019 3.7% 5.4% 69,355
May 2019 3.6% 5.4% 68,448
April 2019 3.6% 5.3% 67,634
March 2019 3.8% 5.3% 66,895