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Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Gulfport rose 0.2 percentage points in August 2019 to 5.3%. 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 June 2011 at 9.7% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Gulfport unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Mississippi 5.2% +0.1 +0.5
Gulfport 5.3% +0.2 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 August 2011 at 17,148. There are now 8,483 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,943 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 722.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Gulfport 8,665 +278 +635

Number of Unemployed Persons

Gulfport, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Gulfport
Unemployment Rate
Gulfport
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 5.4%
August
2019
3.7% 5.2% 5.3% 8,665
July
2019
3.7% 5.1% 5.1% 8,387
June
2019
3.7% 5.0% 5.0% 8,188
May
2019
3.6% 5.0% 5.0% 8,131
April
2019
3.6% 4.9% 5.0% 8,156
March
2019
3.8% 4.9% 4.9% 8,050
February
2019
3.8% 4.8% 4.9% 7,986
January
2019
4.0% 4.7% 4.9% 7,994
December
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.9% 7,977
November
2018
3.7% 4.7% 4.9% 7,960
October
2018
3.8% 4.7% 4.9% 7,943

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.