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Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tuscaloosa fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Tuscaloosa peaked in June 2009 at 11.4% and is now 8.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tuscaloosa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Alabama 3.1% -0.2 -0.8
Tuscaloosa 3.0% -0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, National

Tuscaloosa, Alabama monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Tuscaloosa peaked in June 2009 at 11,650. There are now 8,101 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tuscaloosa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Tuscaloosa 3,549 -218 -769

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.0%
August
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.0% 3,549
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.2% 3,767
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.3% 3,943
May
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.4% 4,060
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.5% 4,155
March
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 4,141
February
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 4,122
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.6% 4,150
December
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.6% 4,134
November
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.5% 4,115
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 3.6% 4,126

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.