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Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tuscaloosa fell 5.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Tuscaloosa peaked in April 2020 at 17.1% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tuscaloosa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Alabama 9.6% -4.2 +6.6
Tuscaloosa 11.2% -5.9 +8.4
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: 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 April 2020 at 20,752. There are now 6,999 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tuscaloosa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Tuscaloosa 13,753 -6,999 +10,405

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 7.5%
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 11.2% 13,753
April
2020
14.7% 13.8% 17.1% 20,752
March
2020
4.4% 3.0% 2.6% 3,095
February
2020
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 3,103
January
2020
3.6% 2.7% 2.6% 3,059
December
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.4% 2,923
November
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.5% 2,970
October
2019
3.6% 2.7% 2.5% 3,018
September
2019
3.5% 2.7% 2.6% 3,072
August
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.6% 3,117
July
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.7% 3,156

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.