Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2019 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
Mississippi 4.7% 0.0 -0.2

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 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 77,168 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 59,311 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 871. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 60,182 +423 -1,742

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8%
January 2019 4.0% 4.7% 60,182
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
August 2018 3.8% 4.7% 59,355
July 2018 3.9% 4.7% 59,769
June 2018 4.0% 4.7% 60,523
May 2018 3.8% 4.8% 61,320
April 2018 3.9% 4.8% 61,913
March 2018 4.0% 4.9% 62,187