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Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Gulfport fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Gulfport peaked in September 2011 at 9.8% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Gulfport unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Mississippi 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Gulfport 5.0% -0.1 +0.4
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: 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 17,320. There are now 9,093 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,138 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,089.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Gulfport 8,227 -34 +764

Number of Unemployed Persons

Gulfport, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Gulfport
Unemployment Rate
Gulfport
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.9%
February
2019
3.8% 4.8% 5.0% 8,227
January
2019
4.0% 4.7% 5.1% 8,261
December
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.9% 8,045
November
2018
3.7% 4.7% 4.6% 7,485
October
2018
3.8% 4.7% 4.7% 7,601
September
2018
3.7% 4.7% 4.9% 8,036
August
2018
3.8% 4.7% 5.0% 8,217
July
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.9% 8,158
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 5.2% 8,479
May
2018
3.8% 4.8% 5.0% 8,151
April
2018
3.9% 4.8% 4.8% 7,875

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.