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Decatur, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Decatur peaked in January 2010 at 11.8% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in March 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Decatur 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
Decatur 2.5% -0.1 -3.2
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: Decatur, Alabama, National

Decatur, Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Decatur, Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Decatur peaked in February 2010 at 8,354. There are now 6,525 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,553 in March 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 276. Decatur employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Decatur, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 1,829 -54 -2,309

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.2% 2.5% 1,829
June
2021
5.9% 3.3% 2.6% 1,883
May
2021
5.8% 3.4% 2.6% 1,897
April
2021
6.1% 3.6% 2.6% 1,925
March
2021
6.0% 3.8% 2.6% 1,953
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 2.8% 2,063
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 3.1% 2,267
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.3% 2,465
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.3% 2,444
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 3.3% 2,453
September
2020
7.8% 6.7% 5.2% 3,755

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.