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Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tuscaloosa fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Tuscaloosa peaked in April 2020 at 17.1% and is now 12.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tuscaloosa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Alabama 4.0% -0.3 +1.4
Tuscaloosa 4.4% -0.2 +1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 20,752. There are now 15,651 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tuscaloosa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Tuscaloosa 5,101 -239 +1,998

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 4.4% 5,101
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 4.6% 5,340
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.7% 5,518
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.7% 5,594
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 6.2% 7,307
September
2020
7.8% 6.7% 7.2% 8,649
August
2020
8.4% 7.1% 5.7% 6,866
July
2020
10.2% 7.4% 8.0% 9,446
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 8.0% 9,278
May
2020
13.3% 7.9% 11.0% 13,361
April
2020
14.8% 13.2% 17.1% 20,752

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.