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Hattiesburg, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hattiesburg fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Hattiesburg peaked in March 2010 at 9.3% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Hattiesburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Mississippi 4.7% -0.1 -0.1
Hattiesburg 3.9% -0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 March 2011 at 6,402. There are now 3,679 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,537 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 186. Hattiesburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Hattiesburg 2,723 -93 -28

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hattiesburg, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Hattiesburg
Unemployment Rate
Hattiesburg
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.7% 3.9% 2,723
September
2018
3.7% 4.8% 4.1% 2,816
August
2018
3.9% 4.8% 4.2% 2,892
July
2018
3.9% 4.8% 4.1% 2,894
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 4.2% 2,931
May
2018
3.8% 4.7% 4.2% 2,941
April
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.1% 2,856
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.0% 2,722
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 2,704
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 3.7% 2,537
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 3.9% 2,684

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.