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Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Birmingham rose 0.4 percentage points in November 2021 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Birmingham peaked in April 2020 at 12.0% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in October 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Birmingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Alabama 3.1% 0.0 -1.6
Birmingham 3.2% +0.4 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 April 2020 at 63,930. There are now 45,847 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,401 in October 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,682. Birmingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Birmingham, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Birmingham 18,083 +2,682 -3,697

Number of Unemployed Persons

Birmingham, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.1% 3.2% 18,083
October
2021
4.6% 3.1% 2.8% 15,401
September
2021
4.7% 3.1% 2.9% 15,979
August
2021
5.2% 3.1% 3.0% 16,340
July
2021
5.4% 3.2% 3.0% 16,590
June
2021
5.9% 3.3% 3.1% 17,023
May
2021
5.8% 3.4% 3.2% 17,475
April
2021
6.0% 3.6% 3.3% 17,996
March
2021
6.0% 3.8% 3.3% 18,458
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 3.5% 19,289
January
2021
6.4% 4.3% 3.7% 20,197

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.