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Decatur, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur fell 0.4 percentage points in January 2021 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Decatur peaked in January 2010 at 12.5% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in February 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Decatur unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Alabama 4.3% -0.4 +1.6
Decatur 3.1% -0.4 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 January 2010 at 8,826. There are now 6,495 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,718 in February 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 613. Decatur employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Decatur, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 2,331 -135 +531

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.0%
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 3.1% 2,331
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.5% 2,466
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.6% 2,550
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.2% 3,016
September
2020
7.8% 6.7% 5.1% 3,645
August
2020
8.4% 7.1% 4.2% 3,005
July
2020
10.2% 7.4% 5.9% 4,150
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 6.1% 4,168
May
2020
13.3% 7.9% 8.3% 5,779
April
2020
14.8% 13.2% 12.0% 8,370

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.