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Decatur, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Decatur peaked in February 2010 at 12.9% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Decatur 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
Decatur 3.7% +0.2 -2.4
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: Decatur, Alabama, National

Decatur, Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Decatur, Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Decatur peaked in February 2010 at 9,122. There are now 6,559 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,395 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 168. Decatur employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Decatur, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 2,563 +147 -1,618

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.7% 2,563
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.5% 2,416
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.5% 2,395
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.9% 2,706
July
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.2% 2,922
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 4.5% 3,131
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 4.6% 3,174
April
2017
4.4% 5.4% 4.9% 3,444
March
2017
4.5% 5.8% 5.1% 3,551
February
2017
4.7% 6.2% 5.5% 3,807
January
2017
4.8% 6.4% 6.0% 4,170

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.