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Huntsville, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Huntsville fell 3.2 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Huntsville peaked in April 2020 at 11.4% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Huntsville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Alabama 9.9% -3.9 +6.9
Huntsville 8.2% -3.2 +5.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Huntsville, Alabama, National

Huntsville, Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Huntsville, Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Huntsville peaked in April 2020 at 25,215. There are now 6,730 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Huntsville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Huntsville, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Huntsville 18,485 -6,730 +12,581

Number of Unemployed Persons

Huntsville, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Huntsville
Unemployment Rate
Huntsville
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 9.9% 8.2% 18,485
April
2020
14.7% 13.8% 11.4% 25,215
March
2020
4.4% 3.0% 2.7% 6,139
February
2020
3.5% 2.7% 2.2% 5,146
January
2020
3.6% 2.7% 2.3% 5,324
December
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.3% 5,332
November
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.3% 5,322
October
2019
3.6% 2.7% 2.3% 5,322
September
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.3% 5,336
August
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.3% 5,376
July
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.4% 5,471

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.