These Are The 10 Cities In Alabama With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Alabama with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Alabama for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Heart of Dixie and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Mountain Brook(Jobs)
  2. Vestavia Hills(Jobs)
  3. Chelsea(Jobs)
  4. Homewood(Jobs)
  5. Trussville(Jobs)
  6. Helena(Jobs)
  7. Fairhope(Jobs)
  8. Gardendale(Jobs)
  9. Hoover(Jobs)
  10. Cullman(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Mountain Brook takes the cake as the place in Alabama with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Alabama that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Alabama job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Alabama With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Alabama’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 62 places in Alabama.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 62 with one being the “most employed city in Alabama”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,484
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Mountain Brook comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 2.2 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,061
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Vestavia Hills doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Chelsea

Chelsea, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,051
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Chelsea, earning the bronze medal with a score of 3.2 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Homewood

Homewood, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,420
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Homewood. With a population of 25420 residents, Homewood is a solid place to move in Alabama if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Trussville

Population: 20,229
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Trussville. Numbering around 20229 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 4.1%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Helena

Helena, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,752
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
The city of Helena is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,661
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Fairhope. With a unemployment rate of 4.5 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Gardendale

Gardendale, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,809
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Coming in at #8, Gardendale has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Alabama’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Hoover

Hoover, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,849
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Hoover, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Cullman

Cullman, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,933
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Cullman, Alabama. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 62.

Cullman’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Alabama

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Alabama with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Talladega
  2. Selma
  3. Prichard

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Alabama

City Rank Unemployment
Mountain Brook 1 2.2%
Vestavia Hills 2 3.2%
Chelsea 3 3.2%
Homewood 4 3.6%
Trussville 5 4.1%
Helena 6 4.4%
Fairhope 7 4.5%
Gardendale 8 4.7%
Hoover 9 4.9%
Cullman 10 5.0%
Albertville 11 5.0%
Millbrook 12 5.0%
Alabaster 13 5.2%
Calera 14 5.4%
Daphne 15 5.4%
Leeds 16 5.5%
Northport 17 5.8%
Moody 18 5.9%
Pleasant Grove 19 6.3%
Enterprise 20 6.6%
Opelika 21 6.8%
Muscle Shoals 22 6.8%
Auburn 23 6.8%
Prattville 24 7.1%
Florence 25 7.1%
Pelham 26 7.1%
Madison 27 7.1%
Hueytown 28 7.4%
Athens 29 7.7%
Tuscaloosa 30 8.6%
Dothan 31 8.7%
Montgomery 32 9.2%
Huntsville 33 9.3%
Saraland 34 9.4%
Irondale 35 9.4%
Decatur 36 9.6%
Troy 37 10.0%
Jasper 38 10.0%
Scottsboro 39 10.2%
Phenix City 40 10.4%
Hartselle 41 10.5%
Mobile 42 10.6%
Pell City 43 10.7%
Gadsden 44 10.9%
Oxford 45 10.9%
Ozark 46 11.0%
Fort Payne 47 12.1%
Center Point 48 12.1%
Alexander City 49 12.2%
Foley 50 12.9%
Birmingham 51 13.3%
Jacksonville 52 13.4%
Sylacauga 53 14.0%
Gulf Shores 54 14.0%
Fairfield 55 14.6%
Bessemer 56 15.3%
Anniston 57 16.0%
Eufaula 58 18.0%
Atmore 59 18.8%
Prichard 60 21.0%
Selma 61 21.2%
Talladega 62 21.4%
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