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Hattiesburg, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hattiesburg rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Hattiesburg peaked in January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Hattiesburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Mississippi 5.1% +0.1 +0.4
Hattiesburg 4.4% +0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, National

Hattiesburg, Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hattiesburg peaked in February 2011 at 6,310. There are now 3,221 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,791 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 298. Hattiesburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Hattiesburg 3,089 +74 +254

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hattiesburg, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Hattiesburg
Unemployment Rate
Hattiesburg
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 5.2%
July
2019
3.7% 5.1% 4.4% 3,089
June
2019
3.7% 5.0% 4.3% 3,015
May
2019
3.6% 5.0% 4.3% 2,988
April
2019
3.6% 4.9% 4.3% 2,982
March
2019
3.8% 4.9% 4.2% 2,922
February
2019
3.8% 4.8% 4.2% 2,870
January
2019
4.0% 4.7% 4.1% 2,834
December
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.1% 2,809
November
2018
3.7% 4.7% 4.1% 2,802
October
2018
3.8% 4.7% 4.1% 2,791

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.