Department of Numbers

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Birmingham fell 0.0 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 Birmingham peaked in September 2009 at 11.1% and is now 7.5 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 Birmingham 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
Birmingham 3.6% 0.0 +0.2
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: Birmingham, Alabama, National

Birmingham, Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Birmingham, Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Birmingham peaked in September 2009 at 58,019. There are now 38,474 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 17,460 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,085. Birmingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Birmingham, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Birmingham 19,545 +162 +1,279

Number of Unemployed Persons

Birmingham, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.6% 19,545
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.6% 19,383
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.5% 19,002
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.6% 19,799
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 3.9% 21,323
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.7% 20,073
April
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.7% 19,821
March
2018
4.1% 3.8% 3.4% 18,445
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.3% 17,800
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.3% 17,460
December
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.3% 17,656

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.