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Jackson, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jackson fell 1.9 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Jackson peaked in April 2020 at 14.0% and is now 8.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Jackson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Tennessee 5.3% -2.0 +2.0
Jackson 5.6% -1.9 +2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 4,432 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Jackson 3,774 -1,082 +1,484

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jackson, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.3% 5.6% 3,774
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 7.5% 4,856
September
2020
7.8% 6.5% 6.6% 4,230
August
2020
8.4% 8.6% 8.3% 5,444
July
2020
10.2% 9.7% 8.9% 5,427
June
2020
11.1% 9.6% 8.9% 5,378
May
2020
13.3% 11.0% 10.2% 6,277
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 3.3% 3.5% 2,274

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.