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Florence-Muscle Shoals, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Florence rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2020 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Florence peaked in January 2010 at 12.0% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in October 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Florence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
Alabama 3.0% +0.3 -0.3
Florence 3.2% +0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April 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 October 2009 at 8,011. There are now 5,932 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,005 in February 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 74. Florence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Florence, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Florence 2,079 +74 -431

Number of Unemployed Persons

Florence, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 12.9%
March
2020
4.4% 3.0% 3.2% 2,079
February
2020
3.5% 2.7% 3.1% 2,005
January
2020
3.6% 2.7% 3.1% 2,065
December
2019
3.5% 2.7% 3.1% 2,076
November
2019
3.5% 2.7% 3.1% 2,076
October
2019
3.6% 2.7% 3.1% 2,082
September
2019
3.5% 2.7% 3.2% 2,092
August
2019
3.7% 2.8% 3.2% 2,111
July
2019
3.7% 2.8% 3.2% 2,150
June
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.3% 2,217
May
2019
3.6% 3.0% 3.5% 2,311

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.