Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division

Alabama Labor Market Information Division

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

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate is 4.4%, down from October’s revised rate of 5.7%, and above November 2019’s rate of 2.7%. November’s rate represents 100,537 unemployed persons, compared to 127,425 in October and 61,381 in November 2019.

The number of people counted as employed in November was 2,166,308, up from 2,119,599 in October, but down from the 2,186,809 measured in November 2019. This count represents the highest level of employment since March.

Wage and salary employment increased in November by 17,200 to 2,052,300, its highest level since April 2020. Monthly gains were seen in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+8,700), the professional and business services sector (+2,500), and the manufacturing sector (+2,300), among others. Over the year, wage and salary employment decreased 40,800, with losses in the leisure and hospitality sector (-23,600), the education and health services sector (-18,700), and the government sector (-9,800), among others.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Cullman County at 2.4%, Shelby, Marshall, and Franklin Counties at 2.5%, and Randolph, Dekalb, Cleburne, and Blount Counties at 2.6%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 10.9%, Lowndes County at 10.7%, and Perry County at 8.0%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Homewood and Vestavia Hills at 2.0%, Alabaster and Madison at 2.3%, and Hoover at 2.5%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Prichard at 11.7%, Selma at 9.4%, and Bessemer at 7.6%.

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.