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Auburn-Opelika, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Auburn fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Auburn peaked in December 2009 at 10.3% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Auburn unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Alabama 4.1% 0.0 +0.3
Auburn 3.6% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Auburn, Alabama, National

Auburn, Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Auburn, Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Auburn peaked in January 2010 at 6,708. There are now 4,000 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,420 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 288. Auburn employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Auburn, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Auburn 2,708 -37 +167

Number of Unemployed Persons

Auburn, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Auburn
Unemployment Rate
Auburn
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.6% 2,708
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.7% 2,745
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.6% 2,697
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.8% 2,831
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.1% 3,040
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.8% 2,810
April
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.7% 2,752
March
2018
4.1% 3.8% 3.6% 2,683
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.5% 2,587
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.3% 2,420
December
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.3% 2,436

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.