Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division

Alabama Labor Market Information Division

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December 2020
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted December 2020
November 2020
United States:

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate is 3.9%, down from November’s rate of 4.4%, and above December 2019’s rate of 2.7%. December’s rate represents 87,534 unemployed persons, compared to 100,374 in November and 61,530 in December 2019.

Wage and salary employment grew in December by 6,200. Monthly gains were seen in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+7,700), the leisure and hospitality sector (+3,000), and the education and health services sector (+1,100), among others. Over the year, wage and salary employment decreased 34,200, with losses in the leisure and hospitality sector (-19,400), the education and health services sector (-16,400), and the government sector (-9,700), among others.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Cullman County at 2.1%, Shelby, Marshall, and Franklin Counties at 2.2%, and Dekalb and Cleburne Counties at 2.3%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 10.6%, Lowndes County at 10.2%, and Perry County at 7.8%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Homewood and Vestavia Hills at 1.7%, Alabaster at 2.0%, and Madison at 2.1%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Prichard at 11%, Selma at 9.0%, and Bessemer and Anniston at 7.0%. IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to annual benchmarking, ADOL will not release January’s unemployment rate until March 15, 2021.

Unemployment Snapshot

Programs and Data

Employment Statistics
Information relating to employment, hours, and earnings estimates for the State of Alabama and employment estimates for the metropolitan areas by detailed industry.

Occupational Safety and Health Statistics
Information relating to occupational illnesses as well as fatal and non-fatal injuries. Statewide and national data is available.

Occupational Statistics
Information relating to the changing workforce in the state. Data include estimated and projected employment with annual average job openings, occupational wages for both the state and metropolitan areas, and a synopsis of information on selected occupations relevant to the state.

Quarterly Employment and Wages
Comprehensive employment and wage data by industry and county and state for workers covered by unemployment insurance laws.

Statistical Bulletin
Information relating to covered employment, unemployment compensation and employment service activities. Data include quarterly and annual covered employment and wages, benefit payments and contributions by industry and county, and applicant and placement data. Select most recent month or historical months.

Unemployment Statistics
Information relating to the labor force, employment, and unemployment for the State of Alabama, metropolitan areas, counties, and cities.

Workforce Development
Information relating to workforce development and reports published in co-operation with our Workforce Development Unit. Census Local Area Dynamics, and Alabama Labor Supply are just some of the options.