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Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tuscaloosa fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.9%. 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 April 2020 at 17.8% and is now 14.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tuscaloosa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Alabama 2.8% -0.1 -0.8
Tuscaloosa 2.9% -0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 19,968. There are now 16,573 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tuscaloosa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Tuscaloosa 3,395 -112 -1,262

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.9% 3,395
March
2022
3.6% 2.9% 3.0% 3,507
February
2022
3.8% 3.0% 3.2% 3,674
January
2022
4.0% 3.1% 3.3% 3,739
December
2021
3.9% 3.1% 3.3% 3,818
November
2021
4.2% 3.1% 3.3% 3,802
October
2021
4.6% 3.1% 3.3% 3,811
September
2021
4.7% 3.2% 3.4% 3,918
August
2021
5.2% 3.3% 3.6% 4,085
July
2021
5.4% 3.4% 3.7% 4,285
June
2021
5.9% 3.5% 3.9% 4,460

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.