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Jackson, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jackson fell 3.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Jackson peaked in April 2020 at 14.0% and is now 3.4 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
Tennessee 11.0% -4.5 +7.5
Jackson 10.6% -3.4 +7.0
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, 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 April 2020 at 8,206. There are now 1,762 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Jackson 6,444 -1,762 +4,120

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jackson, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 9.7%
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 10.6% 6,444
April
2020
14.7% 15.5% 14.0% 8,206
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.0% 1,952
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 3.5% 2,308
January
2020
3.6% 3.3% 3.5% 2,274
December
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.5% 2,275
November
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.5% 2,290
October
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.5% 2,302
September
2019
3.5% 3.3% 3.5% 2,311
August
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.6% 2,317
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.6% 2,322

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.