Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama fell 0.3 percentage points in August 2016 to 5.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Alabama peaked in September 2009 at 11.9% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
Alabama 5.4% -0.3 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alabama peaked in September 2009 at 255,443. There are now 139,082 fewer people unemployed in the state. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 116,361 -6,673 -13,419

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alabama from 1990 to August 2016

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 5.4% 116,361
July 2016 4.9% 5.7% 123,034
June 2016 4.9% 6.0% 130,298
May 2016 4.7% 6.0% 132,019
April 2016 5.0% 6.1% 133,252
March 2016 5.0% 6.2% 134,103
February 2016 4.9% 6.2% 134,092
January 2016 4.9% 6.2% 134,417
December 2015 5.0% 6.3% 134,403
November 2015 5.0% 6.2% 132,779
October 2015 5.0% 6.1% 131,421
September 2015 5.1% 6.1% 130,259