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Auburn-Opelika, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Auburn rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Auburn peaked in December 2009 at 10.3% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Auburn unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Alabama 3.5% -0.1 -2.7
Auburn 3.3% +0.2 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Auburn, Alabama, National

Auburn, Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Auburn, Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Auburn peaked in January 2010 at 6,709. There are now 4,225 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,311 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 173. Auburn employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Auburn, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Auburn 2,484 +173 -1,515

Number of Unemployed Persons

Auburn, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Auburn
Unemployment Rate
Auburn
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.3% 2,484
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.1% 2,311
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.1% 2,358
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.7% 2,699
July
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.0% 2,937
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 4.1% 3,067
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 4.1% 3,085
April
2017
4.4% 5.4% 4.5% 3,381
March
2017
4.5% 5.8% 4.9% 3,705
February
2017
4.7% 6.2% 5.1% 3,792
January
2017
4.8% 6.4% 5.4% 3,963

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.