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Decatur, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur fell 0.4 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Decatur peaked in January 2010 at 12.6% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Decatur unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Alabama 3.7% -0.1 -0.3
Decatur 3.1% -0.4 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 6,688 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Decatur employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Decatur, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 2,228 -245 -190

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.7%
February
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.1% 2,228
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.5% 2,473
December
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.5% 2,442
November
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.6% 2,501
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 3.7% 2,604
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.7% 2,577
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.6% 2,540
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.7% 2,611
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.2% 2,947
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.0% 2,783
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.9% 2,727

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.