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Hattiesburg, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hattiesburg fell 4.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Hattiesburg peaked in April 2020 at 13.3% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Hattiesburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Mississippi 10.6% -5.7 +5.2
Hattiesburg 8.9% -4.4 +4.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 8,334. There are now 2,625 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Hattiesburg employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Hattiesburg 5,709 -2,625 +2,442

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hattiesburg, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Hattiesburg
Unemployment Rate
Hattiesburg
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 10.6% 8.9% 5,709
April
2020
14.7% 16.3% 13.3% 8,334
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 4.6% 3,164
February
2020
3.5% 5.4% 4.7% 3,215
January
2020
3.6% 5.5% 4.8% 3,262
December
2019
3.5% 5.6% 4.8% 3,303
November
2019
3.5% 5.6% 4.8% 3,323
October
2019
3.6% 5.6% 4.9% 3,339
September
2019
3.5% 5.6% 4.9% 3,348
August
2019
3.7% 5.5% 4.9% 3,344
July
2019
3.7% 5.5% 4.9% 3,326

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.