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Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Birmingham fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Birmingham peaked in April 2020 at 12.0% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Birmingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Alabama 3.2% -0.1 -4.2
Birmingham 3.0% -0.1 -4.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 47,344 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Birmingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Birmingham, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Birmingham 16,586 -437 -23,355

Number of Unemployed Persons

Birmingham, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.2% 3.0% 16,586
June
2021
5.9% 3.3% 3.1% 17,023
May
2021
5.8% 3.4% 3.2% 17,475
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 4.3% 3.7% 20,197
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.8% 21,199
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.9% 21,780
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.1% 22,731
September
2020
7.8% 6.7% 6.5% 35,562

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.