Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2017 to 3.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Alabama peaked in September 2009 at 11.9% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Alabama 3.6% -0.2 -2.5

Note: All comparisons are made with October data as November state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 178,085 fewer people unemployed in the state. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 77,358 -5,204 -56,517

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 3.6% 77,358
September 2017 4.2% 3.8% 82,562
August 2017 4.4% 4.2% 90,756
July 2017 4.3% 4.5% 96,158
June 2017 4.4% 4.6% 100,187
May 2017 4.3% 4.9% 107,223
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