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Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Birmingham fell 3.2 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.3%. 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 12.5% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Birmingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Alabama 9.6% -4.2 +6.6
Birmingham 9.3% -3.2 +6.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 68,393. There are now 16,627 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Birmingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Birmingham, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Birmingham 51,766 -16,627 +36,630

Number of Unemployed Persons

Birmingham, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 7.5%
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 9.3% 51,766
April
2020
14.7% 13.8% 12.5% 68,393
March
2020
4.4% 3.0% 2.9% 16,081
February
2020
3.5% 2.7% 2.4% 13,286
January
2020
3.6% 2.7% 2.5% 13,688
December
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.4% 13,603
November
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.4% 13,617
October
2019
3.6% 2.7% 2.5% 13,662
September
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.5% 13,733
August
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.5% 13,846
July
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.5% 14,078

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.