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Decatur, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Decatur peaked in January 2010 at 12.6% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Decatur unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Alabama 4.1% 0.0 +0.3
Decatur 3.7% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 8,916. There are now 6,310 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,366 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 240. Decatur employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Decatur, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 2,606 +29 +62

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.7% 2,606
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.7% 2,577
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.6% 2,540
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.7% 2,611
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.2% 2,947
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 4.0% 2,783
April
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.9% 2,727
March
2018
4.1% 3.8% 3.6% 2,514
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.5% 2,418
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.5% 2,366
December
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.5% 2,413

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.