Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi fell 1.0 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Mississippi peaked in April 2020 at 16.3% and is now 9.9 percentage points lower. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Mississippi 6.4% -1.0 +0.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Mississippi peaked in April 2020 at 195,429. There are now 113,821 fewer people unemployed in the state. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 81,608 -13,518 +10,312

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 6.4% 81,608
October 2020 6.9% 7.4% 95,126
September 2020 7.8% 7.2% 93,261
August 2020 8.4% 7.8% 97,090
July 2020 10.2% 9.4% 113,989
June 2020 11.1% 8.8% 104,956
May 2020 13.3% 10.5% 126,587
April 2020 14.8% 16.3% 195,429
March 2020 4.4% 5.1% 64,286
February 2020 3.5% 5.4% 68,464
January 2020 3.5% 5.5% 69,795