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Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Birmingham rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 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. From a post peak low of 2.4% in June 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Birmingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Alabama 2.6% 0.0 -0.6
Birmingham 2.5% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 51,040 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,881 in June 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 182. Birmingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Birmingham, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Birmingham 14,063 +94 -2,318

Number of Unemployed Persons

Birmingham, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 2.6% 2.5% 14,063
August
2022
3.7% 2.6% 2.4% 13,969
July
2022
3.5% 2.6% 2.5% 14,002
June
2022
3.6% 2.6% 2.4% 13,881
May
2022
3.6% 2.7% 2.5% 13,931
April
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.5% 14,018
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

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.