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Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jackson fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Jackson peaked in April 2020 at 15.0% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Jackson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Mississippi 6.3% -0.1 +0.5
Jackson 5.6% 0.0 +0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 37,632. There are now 22,581 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Jackson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jackson, Mississippi) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Jackson 15,051 -31 +2,472

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.3% 5.6% 15,051
January
2021
6.3% 6.4% 5.6% 15,082
December
2020
6.7% 6.6% 5.6% 15,178
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 5.6% 15,173
October
2020
6.9% 6.9% 6.5% 17,727
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 6.4% 17,604
August
2020
8.4% 7.8% 6.8% 17,574
July
2020
10.2% 8.5% 8.4% 21,342
June
2020
11.1% 9.6% 8.5% 21,190
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 10.1% 25,721
April
2020
14.8% 15.7% 15.0% 37,632

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.