Alabama jobless rate http://apr.org en Alabama Unemployment Unchanged At 6.8 Percent http://apr.org/post/alabama-unemployment-unchanged-68-percent <p></p><p>Alabama's unemployment rate for June is unchanged at 6.8 percent.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate represents nearly 145,000 people looking for work. June's rate is higher than the 6.5 percent recorded a year ago.</p><p>Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby at 5.0 percent, Baldwin and Cullman at 5.7 percent, and Lee and Cherokee at 5.9 percent.</p><p>The counties with the highest rates are Wilcox at 17.2 percent, Perry at 14.8 percent and Dallas at 14.3 percent.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:36:28 +0000 The Associated Press 56039 at http://apr.org Alabama Unemployment Unchanged At 6.8 Percent Alabama's Unemployment Rate Dips To 6.8 Percent http://apr.org/post/alabamas-unemployment-rate-dips-68-percent <p></p><p>Alabama's unemployment rate dipped slightly in May, but it was higher than the same month a year ago.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley reported Friday that Alabama measured 6.8 percent unemployment. That's down from 6.9 percent in April, but it is above the 6.4 percent recorded in May 2013.</p><p>The seasonally adjusted statistics show there were slightly more than 147,000 Alabamians looking for work in May. That's down about 160 people from the previous months, but it's about 8,600 more than a year ago.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:45:17 +0000 The Associated Press 54303 at http://apr.org Alabama's Unemployment Rate Dips To 6.8 Percent Ala. Jobless Rate Jumps To 6.7 Percent http://apr.org/post/ala-jobless-rate-jumps-67-percent <p></p><p>Alabama's unemployment rate is rising.</p><p>The state Department of Labor says Alabama's March unemployment rate is 6.7 percent, which is three-tenths of a percent higher than the February rate. It's also above the March 2013 rate of 6.6 percent.</p><p>The job rate represents 144,628 unemployed people. But the number of people in the labor force also grew by more than 14,000 people, and the number of working Alabamians increased by 7,000.</p><p>The state labor commissioner, Tom Surtees, says the unemployment rate is up because of the growth in the labor force.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:12:07 +0000 The Associated Press 50434 at http://apr.org Ala. Jobless Rate Jumps To 6.7 Percent Ala. Jobless Rate Drops To 6.2 percent http://apr.org/post/ala-jobless-rate-drops-62-percent <p></p><p>Alabama's unemployment rate is once again down to a five-year low of 6.2 percent.</p><p>The governor's office said Friday that the state's jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in November, down from October's revised rate of 6.4 percent.</p><p>The 6.2 percent rate matches a five-year low that was also achieved in July and August. It's also below the U.S. unemployment rate of 7 percent.</p><p>The November rate represents 132,381 people without jobs in Alabama, compared to 148,956 a year ago.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:08:35 +0000 The Associated Press 43671 at http://apr.org Ala. Jobless Rate Drops To 6.2 percent Alabama 2nd Lowest in SE in Unemployment http://apr.org/post/alabama-2nd-lowest-se-unemployment <p>Alabama had the second lowest unemployment rate in the Southeast in July.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Virginia's rate of 5.7 percent was lower than Alabama's rate of 6.3 percent. The bureau also reports that Alabama had one of the nation's biggest drops in unemployment from a year ago, when Alabama's rate measured 7.6 percent. Only seven states exceeded Alabama's drop of 1.3 percentage points over the last year.<br> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:16:59 +0000 The Associated Press 36337 at http://apr.org Alabama 2nd Lowest in SE in Unemployment