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Hattiesburg, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hattiesburg rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Hattiesburg peaked in April 2020 at 12.4% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in August 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Hattiesburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Mississippi 3.6% 0.0 -1.4
Hattiesburg 3.2% +0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 April 2020 at 7,828. There are now 5,628 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,186 in August 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 14. Hattiesburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Hattiesburg 2,200 +14 -835

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hattiesburg, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Hattiesburg
Unemployment Rate
Hattiesburg
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.6% 3.2% 2,200
August
2022
3.7% 3.6% 3.1% 2,186
July
2022
3.5% 3.6% 3.3% 2,275
June
2022
3.6% 3.8% 3.4% 2,377
May
2022
3.6% 3.9% 3.6% 2,504
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.7% 2,576
March
2022
3.6% 4.2% 3.8% 2,642
February
2022
3.8% 4.5% 4.0% 2,763
January
2022
4.0% 4.6% 4.1% 2,819
December
2021
3.9% 4.7% 4.2% 2,880
November
2021
4.2% 4.7% 4.2% 2,863

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.