Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2021 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 2.4 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 9.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Alabama 3.4% -0.2 -4.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Alabama, National

Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 212,795 fewer people unemployed in the state. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 75,458 -3,861 -99,222

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 3.4% 75,458
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
September 2020 7.8% 6.7% 147,334
August 2020 8.4% 7.1% 156,709
July 2020 10.2% 7.4% 165,510