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Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jackson fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.6%. 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 April 2020 at 14.8% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in February 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Jackson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Mississippi 6.1% -0.1 -2.4
Jackson 5.6% -0.1 -2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 36,885. There are now 21,846 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,639 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 400. Jackson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jackson, Mississippi) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Jackson 15,039 -72 -5,733

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.1% 5.6% 15,039
June
2021
5.9% 6.2% 5.7% 15,111
May
2021
5.8% 6.1% 5.6% 14,775
April
2021
6.1% 6.2% 5.5% 14,711
March
2021
6.0% 6.2% 5.5% 14,646
February
2021
6.2% 6.3% 5.5% 14,639
January
2021
6.3% 6.4% 5.6% 14,783
December
2020
6.7% 6.6% 5.7% 15,035
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 5.9% 15,672
October
2020
6.9% 6.9% 6.2% 16,422
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 6.6% 17,267

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.