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Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jackson fell 4.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Jackson peaked in April 2020 at 15.0% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Jackson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Mississippi 10.5% -5.8 +5.1
Jackson 10.2% -4.8 +5.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 11,748 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Jackson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jackson, Mississippi) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Jackson 25,884 -11,748 +13,036

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.7%
May
2020
13.3% 10.5% 10.2% 25,884
April
2020
14.7% 16.3% 15.0% 37,632
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 4.6% 12,367
February
2020
3.5% 5.4% 4.7% 12,579
January
2020
3.6% 5.5% 4.8% 12,756
December
2019
3.5% 5.6% 4.8% 12,954
November
2019
3.5% 5.6% 4.8% 13,032
October
2019
3.6% 5.6% 4.9% 13,091
September
2019
3.5% 5.6% 4.9% 13,131
August
2019
3.7% 5.5% 4.9% 13,132

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.