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Jackson, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jackson fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Jackson peaked in September 2009 at 11.5% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Jackson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Tennessee 3.7% +0.1 +0.4
Jackson 4.1% 0.0 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Jackson, Tennessee, National

Jackson, Tennessee monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Jackson, Tennessee Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Jackson peaked in September 2009 at 7,227. There are now 4,534 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,307 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 386.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Jackson 2,693 +58 +303

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jackson, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 4.1% 2,693
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 4.1% 2,635
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.9% 2,528
July
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.9% 2,556
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.8% 2,499
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.6% 2,355
April
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.7% 2,380
March
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.7% 2,410
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.8% 2,456
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 3.6% 2,307
December
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.6% 2,328

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.