Department of Numbers

Mobile, Alabama Job Growth

There were 179,000 jobs in Mobile, Alabama in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 173,332 employed persons for the month. Mobile lost 300 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 911 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Mobile job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 179,000 -300 -900
CPS 173,332 -911 +682

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Mobile, Alabama Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Mobile as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Mobile, Alabama

CES employment for Mobile peaked in April 2008 at 185,800. Since then 6,800 jobs have been lost in Mobile according to the employer survey. From a trough of 172,400 in September 2009, Mobile has gained 6,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 178,339 for Mobile in January 2008. 5,007 jobs have been lost in Mobile since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 162,986, Mobile has added 10,346 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

Mobile, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 179,000 -300 173,332 -911
October 2017 179,300 0 174,243 271
September 2017 179,300 300 173,972 1,534
August 2017 179,000 -800 172,438 1
July 2017 179,800 500 172,437 -351
June 2017 179,300 1,300 172,788 -786
May 2017 178,000 300 173,574 -375
April 2017 177,700 -1,000 173,949 60
March 2017 178,700 -200 173,889 692
February 2017 178,900 -300 173,197 1,230
January 2017 179,200 -400 171,967 -350
December 2016 179,600 -300 172,317 -333