Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama rose 0.2 percentage points in July 2014 to 7.0%. 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 10.4% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in December 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% +0.1 -1.1
Alabama 7.0% +0.2 +0.5

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alabama peaked in September 2009 at 221,367. There are now 72,576 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 129,633 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 19,158. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 148,791 +3,923 +10,179

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alabama from 1990 to July 2014

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
July 2014 6.2% 7.0% 148,791
June 2014 6.1% 6.8% 144,868
May 2014 6.3% 6.8% 146,976
April 2014 6.3% 6.9% 147,229
March 2014 6.7% 6.7% 144,447
February 2014 6.7% 6.4% 137,232
January 2014 6.6% 6.1% 130,456
December 2013 6.7% 6.1% 129,633
November 2013 7.0% 6.2% 131,839
October 2013 7.2% 6.3% 134,311
September 2013 7.2% 6.4% 136,595
August 2013 7.2% 6.5% 138,196
July 2013 7.3% 6.5% 138,612