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Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Gulfport rose 0.3 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Gulfport peaked in August 2011 at 9.8% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Gulfport unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Mississippi 4.5% -0.1 -0.9
Gulfport 4.6% +0.3 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Gulfport, Mississippi, National

Gulfport, Mississippi monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Gulfport, Mississippi Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Gulfport peaked in September 2011 at 17,319. There are now 9,712 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,114 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 493.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Gulfport 7,607 +493 -845

Number of Unemployed Persons

Gulfport, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Gulfport
Unemployment Rate
Gulfport
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.6% 7,607
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.3% 7,114
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.6% 7,505
November
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.9% 8,087
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.6% 7,611
September
2017
4.2% 4.9% 5.0% 8,285
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.3% 8,777
July
2017
4.3% 5.1% 5.6% 9,368
June
2017
4.3% 5.2% 5.4% 8,884
May
2017
4.3% 5.3% 5.3% 8,789
April
2017
4.4% 5.3% 5.0% 8,322

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.