Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in August 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Alabama 5.7% +0.3 -0.4

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 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 131,551 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 116,296 in August 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,596. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 123,892 +6,792 -7,529

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 5.7% 123,892
September 2016 5.0% 5.4% 117,100
August 2016 4.9% 5.4% 116,296
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