Overall unemployment rate moved down to 2.9% with the biggest shift in Government, which lost 400 roles, based on the most recently available information published in August 2022.

Total employment in the Auburn-Opelika, AL market rose by 249 jobs in July and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 10 bps to 2.9%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 5 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Auburn-Opelika, AL unemployment rate is 88 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 20 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in July versus prior month by 7.7% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Auburn-Opelika, AL Unemployment July 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.4%. Key sectors include:

  • Government: 18,400; -400
  • Transportation & Utilities: 13,300; +100
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 8,900; no change
  • Business Services: 7,500; +100
  • Manufacturing: 6,700; +100
  • Education & Healthcare: 5,100; -100
  • Construction, Mining: 3,300; no change
  • Other Jobs: 2,500; -100
  • Financial Services: 1,900; no change
  • IT & Development: 600; no change
Auburn-Opelika, AL Unemployment by Industry July 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through July 2022 (Data published August 2022 and reports created on September 2, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.