Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama rose 0.3 percentage points in May 2015 to 6.1%. 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 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Alabama 6.1% +0.3 -0.8

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alabama peaked in September 2009 at 255,443. There are now 123,274 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 123,023 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9,146. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 132,169 +7,036 -16,336

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alabama from 1990 to May 2015

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
May 2015 5.5% 6.1% 132,169
April 2015 5.4% 5.8% 125,133
March 2015 5.5% 5.7% 123,023
February 2015 5.5% 5.8% 123,229
January 2015 5.7% 6.0% 128,433
December 2014 5.6% 6.1% 129,625
November 2014 5.8% 6.1% 130,909
October 2014 5.7% 6.2% 132,742
September 2014 5.9% 6.3% 134,959
August 2014 6.1% 6.5% 137,554
July 2014 6.2% 6.6% 140,769
June 2014 6.1% 6.8% 144,605