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Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Birmingham rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Birmingham peaked in September 2009 at 11.1% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Birmingham 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
Birmingham 3.3% +0.1 -2.1
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: 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 40,117 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 17,242 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 660. Birmingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Birmingham, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Birmingham 17,902 +660 -11,366

Number of Unemployed Persons

Birmingham, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.3% 17,902
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.2% 17,242
December
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.4% 17,780
November
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.6% 18,832
October
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.3% 17,421
September
2017
4.2% 3.9% 3.2% 17,338
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 3.7% 19,922
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.1% 22,288
June
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.3% 23,136
May
2017
4.3% 4.6% 4.4% 23,563
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.8% 26,079

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.