unemployment http://apr.org en Ala. Jobless Rate Drops To 7.5 Percent http://apr.org/post/ala-jobless-rate-drops-75-percent <P>Alabama's unemployment rate fell sharply to 7.5 percent in November, a drop officials say was helped by holiday hiring.</P> <P>The state Department of Labor said Friday the number represents 162,182 people who were jobless last month.</P> <P>The state's unemployment rate was below the national rate of 7.7 percent, and it's down six-tenths of a percent from October.</P> <P>The rate of 7.5 percent is also well below the year-ago rate of 8.3 percent.</P> <P>Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees says the numbers show Alabama employers are expecting a strong holiday shopping season. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 22:24:16 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 22296 at http://apr.org Ala. Jobless Rate Drops To 7.5 Percent Alabama's Unemployment Rate Down To 8.1 Percent http://apr.org/post/alabamas-unemployment-rate-down-81-percent <P>Alabama's unemployment rate has declined for the second month to 8.1 percent.</P> <P>The state Department of Industrial Relations announced Friday that October's rate is down from a revised rate of 8.2 percent in September. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:09:44 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20828 at http://apr.org Alabama's Unemployment Rate Down To 8.1 Percent Alabama Jobless Rate Rises To 8.3 Percent http://apr.org/post/alabama-jobless-rate-rises-83-percent Alabama's preliminary unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent in July, up from 7.8 percent in June. Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees announced the new jobless figures in a statement Friday. He said the state's jobless rate represents 179,535 unemployed persons, compared to 168,602 last month and 202,311 in July 2011. Surtees says the state agency sees more partial unemployment claims in July and December than any other month, and last month was no exception. Partial unemployment claims, which are filed by workers who have been laid off for a period less than th Fri, 17 Aug 2012 22:02:04 +0000 Associated Press 16449 at http://apr.org Alabama Jobless Rate Rises To 8.3 Percent Alabama Jobless Rate Up to 7.8 percent in June http://apr.org/post/alabama-jobless-rate-78-percent-june <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) &mdash; Alabama&#39;s unemployment rate rose to 7.8 percent in June, an increase that state officials are calling seasonal.</p><p>The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations released the state&#39;s jobless rate on Friday. It was up four-tenths of a percent from May&#39;s unemployment rate of 7.4 percent, but it&#39;s still well below the jobless rate from a year ago.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:43:11 +0000 Associated Press 14929 at http://apr.org Alabama Jobless Rate Up to 7.8 percent in June Jobless Claims Rose By 34,000 Last Week http://apr.org/post/jobless-claims-rose-34000-last-week There was a 34,000-increase in the number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, <a href="http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ui/current.htm" target="_blank">the Employment and Training Administration reports</a>.<p>It says 386,000 people filed claims, up from 352,000 the week before. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:48:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 14821 at http://apr.org How Unemployment Has Dragged On, In Three Charts http://apr.org/post/how-unemployment-has-dragged-three-charts Losing your job is rarely good. Not being able to find one for months can be disastrous for individuals, and bad for society as well. Yet during the recent recession and the current anemic recovery, more people in the U.S. have been unemployed for longer than at any time since 1948.<p>Of all Americans who were unemployed in June, almost half had been without a job for 27 weeks or longer. In other words, 5.4 million people have been jobless for more than half a year.<p>The government calls these the long-term unemployed. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 14:08:00 +0000 National Public Radio 14148 at http://apr.org How Unemployment Has Dragged On, In Three Charts