Alabama Employment Statistics

  • 127,038 employers
  • 1,961,448 employees
  • $911 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 17.3% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 10.5% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Alabama Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 9,306 more businesses
  • 131,961 more employees
  • 7.2% increase in total wages
  • $7,947 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 20.2% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Alabama Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Jefferson County Alabama, 17,973
County with the Most Employees: Jefferson County Alabama, 286,479
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Washington County Alabama, $1,359
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Wilcox County Alabama, 9.8%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Alabama, see: Alabama Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Alabama see:Alabama Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 2,171,721 employed workers
  • 75,157 unemployed workers
  • 3.3% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Alabama, see: Alabama Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 129,579 employers, up 2.5% from 126,379
  • 1,990,784 employees, up 1.4% from 1,964,149
  • $911 average weekly wage, up 3.4% from $881
  • The average weekly wage is 16.8% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 10.7% below the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for Alabama, see: Alabama Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.