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Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Mississippi Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Gulfport fell 2.0 percentage points in August 2020 to 8.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Mississippi rate. The unemployment rate in Gulfport peaked in April 2020 at 22.3% and is now 14.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Gulfport unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Mississippi 7.8% -1.6 +2.3
Gulfport 8.3% -2.0 +2.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 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 April 2020 at 35,904. There are now 22,309 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Gulfport 13,595 -2,563 +4,368

Number of Unemployed Persons

Gulfport, Mississippi Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Mississippi
Unemployment Rate
Gulfport
Unemployment Rate
Gulfport
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9% 7.1%
August
2020
8.4% 7.8% 8.3% 13,595
July
2020
10.2% 9.4% 10.3% 16,158
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 10.3% 16,174
May
2020
13.3% 10.5% 15.0% 23,877
April
2020
14.7% 16.3% 22.3% 35,904
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 5.3% 8,711
February
2020
3.5% 5.4% 5.4% 8,852
January
2020
3.6% 5.5% 5.5% 9,026
December
2019
3.5% 5.6% 5.6% 9,226
November
2019
3.5% 5.6% 5.6% 9,250
October
2019
3.6% 5.6% 5.6% 9,261

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.