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Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Birmingham rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Birmingham peaked in September 2009 at 11.1% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Birmingham 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
Birmingham 3.6% +0.3 -2.2
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: Birmingham, Alabama, National

Birmingham, Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Birmingham, Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Birmingham peaked in September 2009 at 58,019. There are now 39,174 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 17,338 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,507. Birmingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Birmingham, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Birmingham 18,845 +1,424 -12,289

Number of Unemployed Persons

Birmingham, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.6% 18,845
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.3% 17,421
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.2% 17,338
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.7% 19,922
July
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.1% 22,288
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 4.3% 23,136
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 4.4% 23,563
April
2017
4.4% 5.4% 4.8% 26,079
March
2017
4.5% 5.8% 5.1% 27,409
February
2017
4.7% 6.2% 5.4% 29,268
January
2017
4.8% 6.4% 5.9% 31,668

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.