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Mobile, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Mobile fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 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 4.4% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Mobile unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Alabama 3.7% -0.1 -0.3
Mobile 4.6% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 23,500. There are now 14,783 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,120 in December 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 597. Mobile employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Mobile, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Mobile 8,717 -172 +89

Number of Unemployed Persons

Mobile, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Mobile
Unemployment Rate
Mobile
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.7%
February
2019
3.8% 3.7% 4.6% 8,717
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 4.7% 8,889
December
2018
3.9% 3.8% 4.5% 8,512
November
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.4% 8,427
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 4.7% 8,881
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.7% 8,860
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 4.7% 8,746
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.9% 9,257
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 5.1% 9,564
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.9% 9,178
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.9% 9,195

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.