Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi fell 0.3 percentage points in March 2022 to 4.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Mississippi peaked in April 2020 at 15.4% and is now 11.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Mississippi 4.2% -0.3 -2.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Mississippi peaked in April 2020 at 185,661. There are now 132,774 fewer people unemployed in the state. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 52,887 -3,587 -27,275

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Mississippi from 1990 to March 2022

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
April 2022 3.6%
March 2022 3.6% 4.2% 52,887
February 2022 3.8% 4.5% 56,474
January 2022 4.0% 4.6% 57,444
December 2021 3.9% 4.7% 58,715
November 2021 4.2% 4.7% 58,412
October 2021 4.6% 4.7% 59,051
September 2021 4.7% 5.0% 62,225
August 2021 5.2% 5.3% 66,222
July 2021 5.4% 5.6% 70,166
June 2021 5.9% 5.8% 73,492
May 2021 5.8% 6.0% 75,939