Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama fell 1.3 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Alabama peaked in April 2020 at 13.8% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Alabama 4.4% -1.3 +1.7

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 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alabama peaked in April 2020 at 302,535. There are now 201,998 fewer people unemployed in the state. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 100,537 -26,888 +39,156

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alabama from 1990 to November 2020

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 4.4% 100,537
October 2020 6.9% 5.7% 127,425
September 2020 7.8% 6.7% 153,338
August 2020 8.4% 5.6% 125,855
July 2020 10.2% 7.9% 176,556
June 2020 11.1% 7.6% 166,668
May 2020 13.3% 9.6% 216,043
April 2020 14.8% 13.8% 302,535
March 2020 4.4% 3.0% 67,004
February 2020 3.5% 2.7% 59,655
January 2020 3.5% 2.7% 61,069