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Florence-Muscle Shoals, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Florence rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Florence peaked in January 2010 at 12.0% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Florence 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
Florence 4.2% +0.2 -2.5
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: Florence, Alabama, National

Florence, Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Florence, Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Florence peaked in September 2009 at 8,028. There are now 5,263 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,578 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 187. Florence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Florence, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Florence 2,765 +133 -1,729

Number of Unemployed Persons

Florence, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 4.2% 2,765
October
2017
4.1% 3.6% 4.0% 2,632
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.9% 2,578
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.4% 2,921
July
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.8% 3,183
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 5.0% 3,344
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 5.1% 3,434
April
2017
4.4% 5.4% 5.7% 3,851
March
2017
4.5% 5.8% 5.9% 3,936
February
2017
4.7% 6.2% 6.2% 4,133
January
2017
4.8% 6.4% 6.8% 4,539

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.