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Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jackson rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Jackson peaked in January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Jackson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Mississippi 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Jackson 4.4% +0.2 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 November 2010 at 23,758. There are now 12,091 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 2,007. Jackson employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Jackson, Mississippi) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Jackson 11,667 +299 +1,037

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jackson, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.9%
February
2019
3.8% 4.8% 4.4% 11,667
January
2019
4.0% 4.7% 4.2% 11,368
December
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.2% 11,343
November
2018
3.7% 4.7% 4.0% 10,859
October
2018
3.8% 4.7% 3.9% 10,758
September
2018
3.7% 4.7% 4.1% 11,186
August
2018
3.8% 4.7% 4.1% 11,315
July
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.0% 10,958
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 4.1% 11,368
May
2018
3.8% 4.8% 4.2% 11,565
April
2018
3.9% 4.8% 4.2% 11,412

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.