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Florence-Muscle Shoals, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Florence rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Florence peaked in January 2010 at 12.0% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Florence 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
Florence 4.4% +0.1 +0.2
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: 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 5,144 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 341. Florence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Florence, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Florence 2,884 +36 +160

Number of Unemployed Persons

Florence, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.4% 2,884
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.3% 2,848
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.4% 2,879
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.6% 2,985
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.7% 3,101
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 4.6% 2,980
April
2018
3.9% 3.8% 4.6% 2,979
March
2018
4.1% 3.8% 4.3% 2,745
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 4.0% 2,588
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 4.0% 2,543
December
2017
4.1% 3.8% 4.0% 2,575

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.