Counties with the highest unemployment in Alabama

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December 4, 2023
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Counties with the highest unemployment in Alabama

While today's unemployment rates are significantly lower than the COVID-19 pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, the fear of job losses remains as workers stare down an uncertain economic future.

Experts are mixed in their views of a potential recession. The return of student loan payments, continually high gas prices, persistent inflation, and insurance price escalations are just a few of the factors that could limit consumer spending and potentially prompt another recession. The last economic recession before the pandemic—the Great Recession of 2007-09—sent unemployment rates up to 10% as of October 2009, and a full recovery took years.

But as of October 2023, the national unemployment rate remains relatively low at 3.9%—little changed from the previous month, and up about 0.2 percentage points from the same time last year. Regional and state employment varies widely depending on local economies. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.7% in Maryland to 5.4% in Nevada.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rates in Alabama using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Counties are ranked by their preliminary unemployment rate in October 2023, with initial ties broken by the number of unemployed people within that county, though some ties may remain. County-level unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

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#50. Baldwin County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 105,426 people (2,265 unemployed)

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#49. Geneva County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 11,679 people (255 unemployed)

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#48. Lawrence County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 15,048 people (325 unemployed)

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#47. Tuscaloosa County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 106,758 people (2,380 unemployed)

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#46. Bibb County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.3%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,838 people (206 unemployed)

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#45. Randolph County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.3%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 9,830 people (227 unemployed)

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#44. Coosa County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.4%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,662 people (110 unemployed)

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#43. Crenshaw County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.4%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 6,455 people (156 unemployed)

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#42. Washington County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,398 people (227 unemployed)

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#41. Chambers County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 16,196 people (381 unemployed)

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#40. Tallapoosa County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.4%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Down 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 17,419 people (423 unemployed)

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#39. Dale County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.4%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 21,453 people (505 unemployed)

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#38. Coffee County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.4%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 21,941 people (523 unemployed)

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#37. Jackson County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.4%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 23,685 people (557 unemployed)

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#36. Walker County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.4%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 25,804 people (615 unemployed)

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#35. Jefferson County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.4%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 326,269 people (7,772 unemployed)

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#34. Henry County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,238 people (182 unemployed)

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#33. Covington County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 15,152 people (379 unemployed)

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#32. Lauderdale County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.5%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 43,245 people (1,078 unemployed)

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#31. Pickens County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,990 people (210 unemployed)

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#30. Franklin County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 14,118 people (369 unemployed)

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#29. Pike County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.6%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 16,471 people (427 unemployed)

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#28. Calhoun County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 46,834 people (1,227 unemployed)

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#27. Houston County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 49,032 people (1,253 unemployed)

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#26. Winston County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.7%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,828 people (267 unemployed)

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#25. Marion County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 13,788 people (377 unemployed)

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#24. Russell County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 24,444 people (662 unemployed)

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#23. Talladega County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 37,824 people (1,004 unemployed)

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#22. Etowah County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 39,567 people (1,068 unemployed)

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#21. Montgomery County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 107,580 people (2,879 unemployed)

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#20. Lamar County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.8%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,834 people (164 unemployed)

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#19. Butler County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.8%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Down 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,962 people (253 unemployed)

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#18. Macon County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,058 people (233 unemployed)

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#17. Colbert County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 24,033 people (690 unemployed)

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#16. Mobile County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 195,409 people (5,836 unemployed)

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#15. Escambia County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 14,605 people (453 unemployed)

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#14. Hale County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 6,279 people (198 unemployed)

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#13. Fayette County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 6,767 people (214 unemployed)

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#12. Sumter County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.3%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,795 people (158 unemployed)

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#11. Marengo County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,714 people (251 unemployed)

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#10. Choctaw County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,240 people (152 unemployed)

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#9. Conecuh County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,240 people (154 unemployed)

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#8. Barbour County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,053 people (327 unemployed)

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#7. Greene County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,832 people (122 unemployed)

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#6. Monroe County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,041 people (301 unemployed)

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#5. Lowndes County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,539 people (154 unemployed)

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#4. Perry County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,101 people (144 unemployed)

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#3. Clarke County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,557 people (345 unemployed)

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#2. Dallas County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 13,780 people (766 unemployed)

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#1. Wilcox County

- October unemployment rate (preliminary): 7.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 2,585 people (202 unemployed)

This story features data reporting by Paxtyn Merten and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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