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October 2, 2022

Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Alabama

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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Alabama

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of June of this year, national unemployment is at 3.5%, 0.1% lower than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.9% in New Mexico and 5.5% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Alabama using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in June 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#50. Cleburne County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 6,082 (183 unemployed)

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#49. DeKalb County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 31,393 (945 unemployed)

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#48. Lee County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 79,285 (2,408 unemployed)

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#47. Randolph County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 9,725 (296 unemployed)

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#46. Geneva County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 11,244 (344 unemployed)

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#45. Russell County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 24,081 (743 unemployed)

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#44. Lawrence County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 14,761 (457 unemployed)

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#43. Bibb County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 8,867 (277 unemployed)

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#42. Coosa County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 4,423 (139 unemployed)

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#41. Coffee County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 21,715 (689 unemployed)

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#40. Jackson County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 23,483 (746 unemployed)

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#39. Covington County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 15,367 (490 unemployed)

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#38. Chambers County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 15,990 (514 unemployed)

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#37. Jefferson County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 329,048 (10,589 unemployed)

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#36. Houston County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 48,113 (1,566 unemployed)

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#35. Dale County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 21,023 (687 unemployed)

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#34. Pike County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 16,400 (538 unemployed)

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#33. Lamar County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
— 1 month change: +1.1%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 5,702 (192 unemployed)

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#32. Crenshaw County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
— 1 month change: +1.1%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 6,027 (203 unemployed)

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#31. Fayette County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 6,763 (229 unemployed)

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#30. Tuscaloosa County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 103,423 (3,532 unemployed)

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#29. Walker County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 26,052 (893 unemployed)

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#28. Lauderdale County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 43,024 (1,475 unemployed)

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#27. Henry County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 7,075 (244 unemployed)

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#26. Tallapoosa County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 18,084 (641 unemployed)

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#25. Bullock County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 4,586 (163 unemployed)

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#24. Escambia County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
— 1 month change: +1.1%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 14,210 (536 unemployed)

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#23. Etowah County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 40,093 (1,543 unemployed)

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#22. Montgomery County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 108,941 (4,209 unemployed)

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#21. Calhoun County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 46,804 (1,813 unemployed)

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#20. Talladega County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 36,341 (1,408 unemployed)

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#19. Colbert County

– Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 23,882 (930 unemployed)

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#18. Marengo County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
— 1 month change: +1.1%
— 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 7,691 (306 unemployed)

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#17. Mobile County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
— 1 month change: +0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 191,798 (7,956 unemployed)

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#16. Pickens County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
— 1 month change: +1.4%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 7,676 (341 unemployed)

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#15. Butler County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 8,869 (396 unemployed)

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#14. Conecuh County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
— 1 month change: +1.2%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 4,311 (195 unemployed)

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#13. Washington County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
— 1 month change: +1.0%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 6,543 (297 unemployed)

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#12. Choctaw County

– Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: +1.1%
— 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 4,393 (205 unemployed)

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#11. Barbour County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
— 1 month change: +1.4%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 8,346 (418 unemployed)

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#10. Sumter County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
— 1 month change: +1.6%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 4,546 (229 unemployed)

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#9. Monroe County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
— 1 month change: +1.2%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 7,391 (379 unemployed)

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#8. Hale County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.5%
— 1 month change: +1.4%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 5,946 (325 unemployed)

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#7. Macon County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.5%
— 1 month change: +1.4%
— 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 7,929 (436 unemployed)

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#6. Clarke County

– Current Unemployment rate: 5.9%
— 1 month change: +1.5%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 7,837 (465 unemployed)

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#5. Greene County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.1%
— 1 month change: +1.3%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 2,829 (173 unemployed)

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#4. Dallas County

– Current Unemployment rate: 6.8%
— 1 month change: +1.4%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 13,727 (938 unemployed)

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#3. Lowndes County

– Current Unemployment rate: 7.5%
— 1 month change: +1.6%
— 1 year change: -3.8%
-Total Labor Force: 3,605 (270 unemployed)

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#2. Perry County

– Current Unemployment rate: 8.3%
— 1 month change: +2.4%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 3,108 (258 unemployed)

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#1. Wilcox County

– Current Unemployment rate: 10.1%
— 1 month change: +1.7%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 2,603 (263 unemployed)

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