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Florence-Muscle Shoals, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Florence fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Florence peaked in January 2010 at 12.0% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Florence 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
Florence 4.1% -0.2 +0.1
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: Florence, Alabama, National

Florence, Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Florence, Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Florence peaked in September 2009 at 8,028. There are now 5,339 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,543 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 146. Florence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Florence, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Florence 2,689 -103 +101

Number of Unemployed Persons

Florence, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.7%
February
2019
3.8% 3.7% 4.1% 2,689
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 4.3% 2,792
December
2018
3.9% 3.8% 4.2% 2,733
November
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.2% 2,747
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 4.4% 2,884
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.3% 2,848
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 4.4% 2,879
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.6% 2,985
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.7% 3,101
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.6% 2,980
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.6% 2,979

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.