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Jackson, Tennessee Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Jackson fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Tennessee rate. The unemployment rate in Jackson peaked in April 2020 at 13.7% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Jackson unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Tennessee 5.0% 0.0 -4.6
Jackson 5.2% -0.1 -3.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 8,286. There are now 4,895 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,376 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Jackson 3,391 -53 -2,041

Number of Unemployed Persons

Jackson, Tennessee Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Tennessee
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployment Rate
Jackson
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 5.2% 3,391
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 5.3% 3,444
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 5.3% 3,464
February
2021
6.2% 4.9% 5.2% 3,448
January
2021
6.3% 5.1% 5.0% 3,376
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 6.1% 4,097
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.6% 3,683
October
2020
6.9% 7.8% 7.5% 5,031
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 7.6% 5,068
August
2020
8.4% 8.1% 7.8% 5,137
July
2020
10.2% 8.9% 8.6% 5,240

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.