UNSIGNED only stores positive numbers (or zero). On the other hand, signed can store negative numbers (i.e., may have a negative sign ).

Here's a table of the ranges of values each INTEGER type can store:

MySQL INTEGER types and lengths
Source: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.6/en/integer-types.html

UNSIGNED ranges from 0 to n , while signed ranges from about -n/2 to n/2.

In this case, you have an AUTO_INCREMENT ID column, so you would not have negatives. Thus, use UNSIGNED. If you do not use UNSIGNED for the AUTO_INCREMENT column, your maximum possible value will be half as high (and the negative half of the value range would go unused).