Department of Numbers

Huntsville, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Huntsville fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Huntsville peaked in January 2010 at 9.4% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Huntsville 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
Huntsville 3.5% 0.0 +0.1
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: 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 January 2010 at 18,966. There are now 11,032 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,979 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 955. Huntsville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Huntsville, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Huntsville 7,934 +41 +663

Number of Unemployed Persons

Huntsville, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Huntsville
Unemployment Rate
Huntsville
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.5% 7,934
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.5% 7,893
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.4% 7,756
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.6% 7,985
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 3.8% 8,416
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.6% 7,890
April
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.5% 7,809
March
2018
4.1% 3.8% 3.3% 7,257
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.3% 7,124
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.2% 6,979
December
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.2% 6,985

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.