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Huntsville, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Huntsville fell 0.3 percentage points in January 2021 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Huntsville peaked in April 2020 at 11.4% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Huntsville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Alabama 4.3% -0.4 +1.6
Huntsville 3.1% -0.3 +0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 17,910 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Huntsville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Huntsville, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Huntsville 7,305 -400 +1,981

Number of Unemployed Persons

Huntsville, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Huntsville
Unemployment Rate
Huntsville
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.0%
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 3.1% 7,305
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.4% 7,705
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.5% 7,984
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.3% 9,779
September
2020
7.8% 6.7% 5.3% 12,003
August
2020
8.4% 7.1% 4.3% 9,749
July
2020
10.2% 7.4% 6.0% 13,331
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 6.0% 13,365
May
2020
13.3% 7.9% 8.0% 18,002
April
2020
14.8% 13.2% 11.4% 25,215

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.