Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama fell 0.9 percentage points in October 2020 to 5.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.9% -1.0 +3.3
Alabama 5.8% -0.9 +3.1

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 172,206 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 125,855 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,474. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 130,329 -23,009 +69,119

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
October 2020 6.9% 5.8% 130,329
September 2020 7.9% 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 14.7% 13.8% 302,535
March 2020 4.4% 3.0% 67,004
February 2020 3.5% 2.7% 59,655
January 2020 3.6% 2.7% 61,069
December 2019 3.5% 2.7% 61,530
November 2019 3.5% 2.7% 61,381