Department of Numbers

Alabama Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Alabama fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2018 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 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 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Alabama unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Alabama 3.9% -0.1 +0.1

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 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Alabama peaked in October 2009 at 253,649. There are now 167,626 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 80,571 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,452. Alabama job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Alabama 86,023 -1,731 +3,645

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Alabama from 1990 to December 2018

Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployed
January 2019 4.0%
December 2018 3.9% 3.9% 86,023
November 2018 3.7% 4.0% 87,754
October 2018 3.8% 4.1% 89,745
September 2018 3.7% 4.1% 90,818
August 2018 3.8% 4.1% 91,183
July 2018 3.9% 4.1% 90,928
June 2018 4.0% 4.1% 89,302
May 2018 3.8% 3.9% 85,589
April 2018 3.9% 3.8% 83,151
March 2018 4.0% 3.8% 81,166
February 2018 4.1% 3.7% 80,571