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Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jackson 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 Jackson peaked in January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Jackson 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
Jackson 3.9% -0.2 -0.2
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: 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 23,758. There are now 13,005 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,660 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,093. Jackson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jackson, Mississippi) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Jackson 10,753 -433 -362

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.7% 3.9% 10,753
September
2018
3.7% 4.8% 4.1% 11,186
August
2018
3.9% 4.8% 4.1% 11,315
July
2018
3.9% 4.8% 4.0% 10,958
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 4.1% 11,368
May
2018
3.8% 4.7% 4.2% 11,565
April
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.2% 11,412
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.0% 10,792
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 10,630
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 3.6% 9,660
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 3.9% 10,620

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.