Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Alabama peaked in October 2009 at 11.8% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Alabama 3.9% +0.1 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alabama peaked in October 2009 at 253,649. There are now 168,015 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 80,571 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,063. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 85,634 +2,483 -13,079

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alabama from 1990 to May 2018

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
May 2018 3.8% 3.9% 85,634
April 2018 3.9% 3.8% 83,151
March 2018 4.1% 3.8% 81,166
February 2018 4.1% 3.7% 80,571
January 2018 4.1% 3.7% 80,807
December 2017 4.1% 3.8% 82,378
November 2017 4.1% 3.8% 81,970
October 2017 4.1% 3.8% 81,877
September 2017 4.2% 3.9% 83,667
August 2017 4.4% 4.0% 86,383
July 2017 4.3% 4.1% 89,858
June 2017 4.3% 4.3% 93,997