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Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Birmingham fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Birmingham peaked in April 2020 at 12.1% and is now 9.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Birmingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Alabama 2.8% -0.1 -0.8
Birmingham 2.5% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 65,103. There are now 51,079 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Birmingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Birmingham, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Birmingham 14,024 -432 -5,100

Number of Unemployed Persons

Birmingham, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.5% 14,024
March
2022
3.6% 2.9% 2.6% 14,456
February
2022
3.8% 3.0% 2.7% 15,089
January
2022
4.0% 3.1% 2.8% 15,525
December
2021
3.9% 3.1% 2.9% 16,028
November
2021
4.2% 3.1% 2.9% 15,889
October
2021
4.6% 3.1% 2.9% 15,862
September
2021
4.7% 3.2% 2.9% 16,381
August
2021
5.2% 3.3% 3.1% 17,169
July
2021
5.4% 3.4% 3.2% 18,020
June
2021
5.9% 3.5% 3.4% 18,710

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.