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Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jackson rose 0.4 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 Jackson peaked in January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Jackson 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
Jackson 4.0% +0.4 -0.1
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: Jackson, Mississippi, National

Jackson, Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Jackson, Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Jackson peaked in November 2010 at 23,786. There are now 12,966 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,616 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,204. Jackson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jackson, Mississippi) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Jackson 10,820 +1,204 -399

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.0% 10,820
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 3.6% 9,616
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 3.9% 10,455
November
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.2% 11,472
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.0% 10,778
September
2017
4.2% 4.9% 4.2% 11,532
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.6% 12,460
July
2017
4.3% 5.1% 4.6% 12,644
June
2017
4.3% 5.2% 4.5% 12,304
May
2017
4.3% 5.3% 4.5% 12,259
April
2017
4.4% 5.3% 4.3% 11,964

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.