Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama fell 0.3 percentage points in October 2014 to 6.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in December 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Alabama 6.3% -0.3 0.0

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 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 87,897 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 129,633 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,837. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 133,470 -7,085 -841

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
November 2014 5.8%
October 2014 5.8% 6.3% 133,470
September 2014 5.9% 6.6% 140,555
August 2014 6.1% 6.9% 147,248
July 2014 6.2% 7.0% 148,652
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