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Mobile, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Mobile rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Mobile peaked in December 2009 at 12.6% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Mobile unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Alabama 3.5% -0.1 -2.7
Mobile 4.6% +0.3 -2.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Mobile, Alabama, National

Mobile, Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Mobile, Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Mobile peaked in January 2010 at 23,583. There are now 15,154 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,684 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 745. Mobile employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Mobile, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Mobile 8,429 +685 -5,153

Number of Unemployed Persons

Mobile, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Mobile
Unemployment Rate
Mobile
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 4.6% 8,429
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 4.3% 7,744
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 4.2% 7,684
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.9% 8,829
July
2017
4.3% 4.5% 5.4% 9,873
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 5.6% 10,196
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 5.6% 10,281
April
2017
4.4% 5.4% 6.1% 11,378
March
2017
4.5% 5.8% 6.5% 12,022
February
2017
4.7% 6.2% 7.0% 13,032
January
2017
4.8% 6.4% 7.7% 14,280

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.