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Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Birmingham fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.8%. 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 August 2009 at 11.0% and is now 8.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Birmingham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Alabama 3.1% -0.2 -0.8
Birmingham 2.8% -0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 57,645. There are now 42,077 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Birmingham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Birmingham, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Birmingham 15,568 -977 -3,529

Number of Unemployed Persons

Birmingham, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployment Rate
Birmingham
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.0%
August
2019
3.7% 3.1% 2.8% 15,568
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.0% 16,545
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.2% 17,560
May
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.3% 18,384
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.4% 18,825
March
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 18,610
February
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 18,598
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.4% 18,903
December
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.4% 18,819
November
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.4% 18,781
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 3.4% 18,754

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.