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Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jackson rose 0.2 percentage points in August 2019 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Jackson peaked in January 2010 at 9.1% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Jackson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Mississippi 5.2% +0.1 +0.5
Jackson 4.6% +0.2 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 January 2011 at 23,547. There are now 11,129 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,970 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,448. Jackson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jackson, Mississippi) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Jackson 12,418 +389 +1,435

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 5.4%
August
2019
3.7% 5.2% 4.6% 12,418
July
2019
3.7% 5.1% 4.4% 12,029
June
2019
3.7% 5.0% 4.4% 11,733
May
2019
3.6% 5.0% 4.3% 11,616
April
2019
3.6% 4.9% 4.3% 11,608
March
2019
3.8% 4.9% 4.2% 11,348
February
2019
3.8% 4.8% 4.2% 11,173
January
2019
4.0% 4.7% 4.1% 11,103
December
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.1% 11,053
November
2018
3.7% 4.7% 4.1% 11,039
October
2018
3.8% 4.7% 4.1% 10,998

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.