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Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tuscaloosa fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Tuscaloosa peaked in June 2009 at 11.8% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Tuscaloosa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Alabama 3.7% -0.1 -0.3
Tuscaloosa 3.5% -0.2 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 8,000 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 212. Tuscaloosa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Tuscaloosa 4,130 -141 -153

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.7%
February
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 4,130
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.7% 4,271
December
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.5% 4,007
November
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.5% 4,080
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 3.7% 4,280
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.7% 4,260
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.8% 4,380
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.2% 4,787
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.4% 5,060
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.1% 4,783
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.7% 4,269

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.