Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 8.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Alabama 3.3% -0.2 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 178,492 fewer people unemployed in the state. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 75,157 -4,175 -12,761

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
July 2019 3.7% 3.3% 75,157
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
January 2019 4.0% 3.8% 83,398
December 2018 3.9% 3.8% 83,509
November 2018 3.7% 3.8% 83,298
October 2018 3.8% 3.8% 83,400
September 2018 3.7% 3.8% 84,568
August 2018 3.8% 3.9% 86,212