Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2021 to 3.1%. The state unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Alabama peaked in April 2020 at 13.2% and is now 10.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in August 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% -0.4 -3.0
Alabama 3.1% 0.0 -3.6

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alabama peaked in April 2020 at 288,253. There are now 219,709 fewer people unemployed in the state. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 68,544 -470 -78,790

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alabama from 1990 to September 2021

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8% 3.1% 68,544
August 2021 5.2% 3.1% 69,014
July 2021 5.4% 3.2% 71,678
June 2021 5.9% 3.3% 73,769
May 2021 5.8% 3.4% 75,398
April 2021 6.1% 3.6% 79,319
March 2021 6.0% 3.8% 84,716
February 2021 6.2% 4.0% 91,041
January 2021 6.3% 4.3% 97,725
December 2020 6.7% 4.7% 106,318
November 2020 6.7% 4.7% 105,558
October 2020 6.9% 4.7% 107,301