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Huntsville, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Huntsville rose 0.6 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Huntsville peaked in April 2020 at 10.4% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in October 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Huntsville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Alabama 3.1% 0.0 -1.6
Huntsville 2.9% +0.6 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 23,229. There are now 16,485 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,497 in October 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,247. Huntsville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Huntsville, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Huntsville 6,744 +1,247 -1,000

Number of Unemployed Persons

Huntsville, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Huntsville
Unemployment Rate
Huntsville
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.1% 2.9% 6,744
October
2021
4.6% 3.1% 2.3% 5,497
September
2021
4.7% 3.1% 2.4% 5,674
August
2021
5.2% 3.1% 2.4% 5,701
July
2021
5.4% 3.2% 2.4% 5,712
June
2021
5.9% 3.3% 2.5% 5,855
May
2021
5.8% 3.4% 2.5% 5,998
April
2021
6.0% 3.6% 2.6% 6,180
March
2021
6.0% 3.8% 2.7% 6,375
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 2.9% 6,762
January
2021
6.4% 4.3% 3.1% 7,253

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.