Alabama’s unemployment rate as of May 2011 (the most recent data available) is 9.6%. In the Birmingham-Hoover metro area, the unemployment rates are as follows: Jefferson County: 9.2%, Shelby County: 6.9%, St. Clair County: 8.6%, and Blount County: 8.7%.
The unemployment rate rose from 9.3% in April 2011 to 9.6% in May 2011. One of the primary factors for the rise cited by the Department of Industrial Relations was the devastation caused by the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. According to the report, May’s rate represents 206,809 unemployed persons, up from 199,749 in April. Additionally, the 9.6% unemployment rate is slightly higher than May 2010’s rate of 9.5% (a year earlier). The report can be read here. A map of the counties in Alabama with their corresponding unemployment rates for May 2011 can be found here.