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Hattiesburg, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hattiesburg rose 0.3 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Hattiesburg peaked in April 2010 at 9.3% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in January 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 February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Mississippi 4.5% -0.1 -0.9
Hattiesburg 4.0% +0.3 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 6,379. There are now 3,631 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,522 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 226. Hattiesburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Hattiesburg 2,748 +226 -259

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hattiesburg, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Hattiesburg
Unemployment Rate
Hattiesburg
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.0% 2,748
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 3.7% 2,522
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 3.9% 2,648
November
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.1% 2,800
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 3.9% 2,661
September
2017
4.2% 4.9% 4.2% 2,875
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.6% 3,148
July
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.8% 3,362
June
2017
4.3% 5.2% 4.7% 3,255
May
2017
4.3% 5.3% 4.6% 3,180
April
2017
4.4% 5.3% 4.4% 3,025

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.