Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 6.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.6 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 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in April 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Alabama 6.4% +0.1 +0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 114,175 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 125,000 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 16,268. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 141,268 +3,393 +9,785

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 6.4% 141,268
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
May 2016 4.7% 5.8% 125,153
April 2016 5.0% 5.8% 126,490
March 2016 5.0% 5.9% 128,478