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Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Tuscaloosa fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Alabama rate. The unemployment rate in Tuscaloosa peaked in April 2020 at 17.6% and is now 14.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Tuscaloosa unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Alabama 3.2% -0.1 -4.2
Tuscaloosa 3.4% -0.1 -4.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 19,878. There are now 16,065 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Tuscaloosa employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Tuscaloosa 3,813 -79 -5,699

Number of Unemployed Persons

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployment Rate
Tuscaloosa
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.2% 3.4% 3,813
June
2021
5.9% 3.3% 3.5% 3,892
May
2021
5.8% 3.4% 3.6% 4,090
April
2021
6.1% 3.6% 3.8% 4,346
March
2021
6.0% 3.8% 4.2% 4,859
February
2021
6.2% 4.0% 4.9% 5,743
January
2021
6.3% 4.3% 5.9% 6,940
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 3.9% 4,455
November
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.5% 5,166
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 5.3% 6,136
September
2020
7.8% 6.7% 8.0% 9,216

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.