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Decatur, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2019 to 2.6%. 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 12.5% and is now 9.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Decatur unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
Alabama 3.0% -0.1 -0.8
Decatur 2.6% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2019 data as October 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 8,837. There are now 6,948 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Decatur employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Decatur, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 1,889 -103 -587

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
October
2019
3.6%
September
2019
3.5% 3.0% 2.6% 1,889
August
2019
3.7% 3.1% 2.7% 1,992
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 2.9% 2,120
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.1% 2,272
May
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.3% 2,361
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.4% 2,419
March
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.3% 2,378
February
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 2,391
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.5% 2,461
December
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.5% 2,467
November
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.5% 2,460

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.