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Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Gulfport fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Gulfport peaked in September 2011 at 9.8% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Mississippi 4.7% -0.1 -0.1
Gulfport 4.7% -0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 9,701 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 481.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Gulfport 7,619 -417 -316

Number of Unemployed Persons

Gulfport, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Gulfport
Unemployment Rate
Gulfport
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.7% 4.7% 7,619
September
2018
3.7% 4.8% 4.9% 8,036
August
2018
3.9% 4.8% 5.0% 8,217
July
2018
3.9% 4.8% 4.9% 8,158
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 5.2% 8,479
May
2018
3.8% 4.7% 5.0% 8,151
April
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.8% 7,875
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.6% 7,529
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.6% 7,463
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.4% 7,138
December
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.7% 7,705

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.