Overall unemployment rate moved up to 3.2% with the biggest shift in Government, which lost 200 roles, based on the most recently available information published in June 2022.

Total employment in the Hattiesburg, MS market declined by 375 jobs in April and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 10 bps to 3.2%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 42 bps over the same time to 3.3%.

  • Hattiesburg, MS unemployment rate is 14 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 210 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in April versus prior month by 16.2% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Hattiesburg, MS Unemployment April 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.2%. Key sectors include:

  • Government: 14,300; -200
  • Transportation & Utilities: 13,200; no change
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 8,200; no change
  • Manufacturing: 4,800; +100
Hattiesburg, MS Unemployment by Industry April 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through April 2022 (Data published June 2022 and reports created on June 1, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.