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Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tuscaloosa rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Tuscaloosa peaked in June 2009 at 11.8% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Tuscaloosa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Alabama 3.7% 0.0 -1.6
Tuscaloosa 3.8% +0.2 -1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 12,130. There are now 7,822 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,834 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 474. Tuscaloosa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Tuscaloosa 4,308 +238 -2,211

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.8% 4,308
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.6% 4,070
December
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.5% 3,934
November
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.6% 4,118
October
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.4% 3,834
September
2017
4.2% 3.9% 3.4% 3,860
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 4.1% 4,620
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.7% 5,310
June
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.6% 5,243
May
2017
4.3% 4.6% 4.6% 5,197
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.0% 5,648

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.