Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2022 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Alabama peaked in April 2020 at 13.7% and is now 11.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in June 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Alabama 2.7% 0.0 -0.4

Note: All comparisons are made with November data as December state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alabama peaked in April 2020 at 298,920. There are now 235,877 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 58,913 in August 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,130. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 63,043 +1,322 -6,645

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alabama from 1990 to November 2022

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
December 2022 3.5%
November 2022 3.6% 2.7% 63,043
October 2022 3.7% 2.7% 61,721
September 2022 3.5% 2.6% 59,520
August 2022 3.7% 2.6% 58,913
July 2022 3.5% 2.6% 59,359
June 2022 3.6% 2.6% 60,307
May 2022 3.6% 2.7% 61,585
April 2022 3.6% 2.8% 63,184
March 2022 3.6% 2.9% 65,441
February 2022 3.8% 3.0% 68,663
January 2022 4.0% 3.1% 69,125