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Auburn-Opelika, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Auburn rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Auburn peaked in December 2009 at 10.3% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Auburn unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Alabama 3.7% 0.0 -1.6
Auburn 3.5% +0.2 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 6,709. There are now 4,105 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,311 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 293. Auburn employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Auburn, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Auburn 2,604 +188 -1,188

Number of Unemployed Persons

Auburn, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Auburn
Unemployment Rate
Auburn
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.5% 2,604
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.3% 2,416
December
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.2% 2,383
November
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.3% 2,483
October
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.1% 2,311
September
2017
4.2% 3.9% 3.1% 2,358
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 3.7% 2,699
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.0% 2,937
June
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.1% 3,067
May
2017
4.3% 4.6% 4.1% 3,085
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.5% 3,381

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.