Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama fell 0.5 percentage points in May 2017 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 7.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Alabama 4.9% -0.5 -0.9

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alabama peaked in September 2009 at 255,443. There are now 148,079 fewer people unemployed in the state. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 107,364 -11,749 -17,789

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alabama from 1990 to May 2017

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
May 2017 4.3% 4.9% 107,364
April 2017 4.4% 5.4% 119,113
March 2017 4.5% 5.8% 128,610
February 2017 4.7% 6.2% 136,667
January 2017 4.8% 6.4% 141,217
December 2016 4.7% 6.3% 137,875
November 2016 4.6% 6.2% 136,135
October 2016 4.8% 6.1% 133,875
September 2016 4.9% 6.0% 131,201
August 2016 4.9% 5.9% 128,413
July 2016 4.9% 5.8% 126,182
June 2016 4.9% 5.8% 125,000