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Mobile, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Mobile fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2023 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Mobile peaked in April 2020 at 15.0% and is now 12.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in April 2023, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Mobile unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% +0.3 +0.1
Alabama 2.2% 0.0 -0.3
Mobile 2.7% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2023 data as June 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 28,833. There are now 23,560 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,253 in April 2023, the number of unemployed has now grown by 20. Mobile employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Mobile, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
Mobile 5,273 +20 -888

Number of Unemployed Persons

Mobile, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Mobile
Unemployment Rate
Mobile
Unemployed
June
2023
3.6%
May
2023
3.7% 2.2% 2.7% 5,273
April
2023
3.4% 2.2% 2.7% 5,253
March
2023
3.5% 2.3% 2.8% 5,402
February
2023
3.6% 2.5% 2.9% 5,690
January
2023
3.4% 2.6% 3.1% 5,958
December
2022
3.5% 2.6% 3.2% 6,151
November
2022
3.6% 2.6% 3.2% 6,160
October
2022
3.7% 2.6% 3.2% 6,189
September
2022
3.5% 2.6% 3.2% 6,229
August
2022
3.7% 2.6% 3.2% 6,240
July
2022
3.5% 2.6% 3.2% 6,209

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.