Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2019 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Alabama peaked in October 2009 at 11.8% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in November 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% 0.0 -0.4
Alabama 2.7% 0.0 -1.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alabama peaked in October 2009 at 253,649. There are now 192,191 fewer people unemployed in the state. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 61,458 -483 -22,051

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alabama from 1990 to December 2019

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
January 2020 3.6%
December 2019 3.5% 2.7% 61,458
November 2019 3.5% 2.7% 61,941
October 2019 3.6% 2.8% 63,284
September 2019 3.5% 3.0% 66,883
August 2019 3.7% 3.1% 70,608
July 2019 3.7% 3.3% 75,101
June 2019 3.7% 3.5% 79,332
May 2019 3.6% 3.7% 82,523
April 2019 3.6% 3.8% 83,515
March 2019 3.8% 3.7% 82,319
February 2019 3.8% 3.7% 82,247