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Jackson, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jackson rose 0.3 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.8%. 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 7.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in September 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 February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Tennessee 3.4% +0.1 -1.0
Jackson 3.8% +0.3 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 4,766 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,101 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 360.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Jackson 2,461 +184 -737

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jackson, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 3.4% 3.8% 2,461
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 3.5% 2,277
December
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.6% 2,353
November
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.9% 2,517
October
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.5% 2,284
September
2017
4.2% 3.3% 3.3% 2,101
August
2017
4.4% 3.4% 3.6% 2,317
July
2017
4.3% 3.5% 3.9% 2,502
June
2017
4.3% 3.6% 3.9% 2,444
May
2017
4.3% 3.8% 3.6% 2,300
April
2017
4.4% 4.0% 4.5% 2,869

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.