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Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tuscaloosa fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Tuscaloosa peaked in June 2009 at 11.8% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Tuscaloosa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Alabama 4.1% 0.0 +0.3
Tuscaloosa 3.7% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 7,847 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,918 in December 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 365. Tuscaloosa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Tuscaloosa 4,283 +23 +224

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.7% 4,283
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.7% 4,260
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.8% 4,380
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.2% 4,787
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.4% 5,060
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 4.1% 4,783
April
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.7% 4,269
March
2018
4.1% 3.8% 3.7% 4,272
February
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.8% 4,283
January
2018
4.1% 3.7% 3.6% 4,071
December
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.5% 3,918

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.