Department of Numbers

Mobile, Alabama Job Growth

There were 186,000 jobs in Mobile, Alabama in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 180,602 employed persons for the month. Mobile lost 200 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 270 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Mobile job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 186,000 -200 +1,600
CPS 180,602 +270 +3,282

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 189,700. Since then 3,700 jobs have been lost in Mobile according to the employer survey. From a trough of 176,400 in September 2009, Mobile has gained 9,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 181,036 for Mobile in November 2018. 434 jobs have been lost in Mobile since then according to the household survey. From a January 2019 low of 180,332, Mobile has added 270 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Mobile, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 186,000 -200 180,602 270
January 2019 186,200 500 180,332 -665
December 2018 185,700 100 180,997 -39
November 2018 185,600 100 181,036 320
October 2018 185,500 0 180,716 1,047
September 2018 185,500 100 179,669 549
August 2018 185,400 200 179,120 51
July 2018 185,200 0 179,069 54
June 2018 185,200 1,300 179,015 -28
May 2018 183,900 -700 179,043 -183
April 2018 184,600 400 179,226 1,740
March 2018 184,200 -200 177,486 166