Overall unemployment rate moved down to 2.3% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 100 roles, based on the most recently available information published in November 2022.

Total employment in the Auburn-Opelika, AL market declined by 287 jobs in September and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 40 bps to 2.3%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 47 bps over the same time to 3.3%.

  • Auburn-Opelika, AL unemployment rate is 102 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 September versus prior month by 9% 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 September 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.5% . Key sectors include:

  • Government: 18,800; +100
  • Transportation & Utilities: 13,400; no change
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 9,000; +100
  • Business Services: 7,500; no change
  • Manufacturing: 6,600; no change
  • Education & Healthcare: 5,300; +100
Auburn-Opelika, AL Unemployment by Industry September 2022

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

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.