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Mobile, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Mobile fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Mobile peaked in April 2020 at 14.8% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Mobile unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Alabama 3.6% -0.2 -9.6
Mobile 5.0% -0.1 -9.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May 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 April 2020 at 27,922. There are now 18,598 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Mobile employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Mobile, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Mobile 9,324 -262 -18,598

Number of Unemployed Persons

Mobile, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Mobile
Unemployment Rate
Mobile
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 3.6% 5.0% 9,324
March
2021
6.0% 3.8% 5.1% 9,586
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 5.3% 9,936
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 5.3% 10,142
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 5.5% 10,463
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 5.8% 11,030
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 6.1% 11,835
September
2020
7.8% 6.7% 9.6% 18,363
August
2020
8.4% 7.1% 10.3% 19,856
July
2020
10.2% 7.4% 11.4% 22,003
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 11.0% 21,090

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.