Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2022 to 2.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 10.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Alabama 2.9% -0.1 -0.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 233,435 fewer people unemployed in the state. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 65,485 -3,178 -16,958

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
April 2022 3.6%
March 2022 3.6% 2.9% 65,485
February 2022 3.8% 3.0% 68,663
January 2022 4.0% 3.1% 69,125
December 2021 3.9% 3.1% 69,434
November 2021 4.2% 3.1% 69,688
October 2021 4.6% 3.1% 70,569
September 2021 4.7% 3.2% 71,989
August 2021 5.2% 3.3% 74,505
July 2021 5.4% 3.4% 77,076
June 2021 5.9% 3.5% 79,439
May 2021 5.8% 3.6% 80,191