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Mobile, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Mobile fell 0.4 percentage points in January 2021 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Mobile peaked in April 2020 at 15.4% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Mobile unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Alabama 4.3% -0.4 +1.6
Mobile 5.9% -0.4 +2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 28,950. There are now 17,653 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Mobile employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Mobile, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Mobile 11,297 -374 +4,833

Number of Unemployed Persons

Mobile, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Mobile
Unemployment Rate
Mobile
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.0%
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 5.9% 11,297
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 6.3% 11,671
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 6.5% 12,031
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 8.1% 15,309
September
2020
7.8% 6.7% 9.6% 18,381
August
2020
8.4% 7.1% 8.0% 15,078
July
2020
10.2% 7.4% 11.7% 22,340
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 10.7% 20,071
May
2020
13.3% 7.9% 12.4% 23,753
April
2020
14.8% 13.2% 15.4% 28,950

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.