Department of Numbers

Mississippi Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Mississippi fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Mississippi peaked in April 2020 at 15.7% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Mississippi unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Mississippi 6.3% -0.1 +0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Mississippi, National

Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Mississippi peaked in April 2020 at 191,000. There are now 110,023 fewer people unemployed in the state. Mississippi job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Mississippi 80,977 -1,214 +6,695

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Mississippi from 1990 to February 2021

Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 6.3% 80,977
January 2021 6.3% 6.4% 82,191
December 2020 6.7% 6.6% 83,848
November 2020 6.7% 6.7% 85,575
October 2020 6.9% 6.9% 87,918
September 2020 7.8% 7.2% 91,440
August 2020 8.4% 7.8% 97,292
July 2020 10.2% 8.5% 106,291
June 2020 11.1% 9.6% 118,703
May 2020 13.3% 11.0% 135,173
April 2020 14.8% 15.7% 191,000