Alabama unemployment

Newscast
5:52 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

State Unemployment Down, Entrepreneurs and the Blue Angels

The Blue Angels
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Governor Robert Bentley is getting closer to being able to collect a salary, but he is not there yet.

The state announced Friday that the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in February. Bentley has promised not to accept a paycheck until the state's unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent.

Alabama Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington says another positive sign is that the number of initial unemployment compensation claims in February were the lowest in 40 years.

Alabama's unemployment rate is still above the national average of 5.5 percent.

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Newscast
5:57 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Bentley's New Business Strategy, Tax Help and Obama to Visit Selma

President Obama visits Selma in 2007
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Bringing new industry into your state is often an expensive undertaking, full of tax breaks and other financial incentives. But as APR’s Alex AuBuchon reports, Alabama may start looking for results before handing over any cash...

     Governor Bentley is looking at changing how the state of Alabama tries to lure new business and industry to the area.That’s what he told an audience today at the Economic Development Association convention in Montgomery.

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Alabama Unemployment
4:55 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Alabama Unemployment Rate Declines To 6.3 Percent

Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.3 percent, but it remains above the national average.

Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.3 percent, but it remains above the national average.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Friday that Alabama's rate declined from 6.6 percent in September to 6.3 percent in October. That's the same rate Alabama recorded a year ago. The October rate is higher than the national figure of 5.8 percent.

Bentley says Alabama is seeing healthy growth in jobs and is seeing a decline in the amount of unemployment benefits being paid.

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Politics & Government
12:43 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Alabama Unemployment Down to 6.6 Percent

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Alabama's unemployment rate has declined to 6.6 percent.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday the September rate is an improvement from 6.9 percent in August.

The preliminary numbers show Alabama had about 6,600 fewer unemployed people than in August. But the preliminary figures also show that the number of employed Alabamians declined by about 1,600 and the civilian labor force shrank by nearly 8,200.

Alabama's unemployment rate is higher than the 6.4 percent recorded in September 2013, and it remains above the national unemployment figure of 5.9 percent.

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Alabama Unemployment
3:40 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Alabama Unemployment Declines to 6.9 Percent

State Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington says all but two counties saw declines in unemployment in August.
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Alabama's unemployment rate has declined slightly.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Friday the 6.9 percent measured in August was down from 7.0 percent in July. But the rate was higher than the 6.5 percent recorded a year ago and it was higher than the national figure of 6.1 percent.

Bentley says the August rate represents about 147,000 unemployed Alabamians. That is down about 1,300 from a month ago.

State Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington says all but two counties saw declines in unemployment in August.

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Alabama Unemployment
3:44 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Ala. Jobless Rate Jumps To 7 Percent

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Friday the state's unemployment rate for July was 7 percent.
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Alabama's unemployment rate is on the rise.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Friday the state's unemployment rate for July was 7 percent. That's two-tenths of a percent higher than the June rate of 6.8 percent.

Last month's rate also is higher than the July 2013 jobless rate of 6.3 percent.

Bentley's office says the state added 19,400 jobs in a year. Many of those new positions are in manufacturing.

But unemployment can still rise as more people enter or re-enter the job market.

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Alabama Unemployment
4:45 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Alabama's Unemployment Rate Dips To 6.8 Percent

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.
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Alabama's unemployment rate dipped slightly in May, but it was higher than the same month a year ago.

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.

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.

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Alabama Unemployment
3:30 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Alabama Unemployment Rises To 6.9 Percent

State Commerce Secretary Tom Surtees says the rise in April is due in part to how unemployment figures are seasonally adjusted.
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Alabama's unemployment rate has risen for the third month.

State Commerce Secretary Tom Surtees says April's rate of 6.9 percent is up from 6.7 percent in March. That's higher than the rate a year ago of 6.5 percent.

Alabama began the year at 6.1 percent unemployment in January and then increased to 6.4 percent in February.

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Alabama Unemployment
5:12 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Ala. Jobless Rate Jumps To 6.7 Percent

Alabama labor commissioner, Tom Surtees, says the unemployment rate is up because of the growth in the labor force.
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Alabama's unemployment rate is rising.

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.

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.

The state labor commissioner, Tom Surtees, says the unemployment rate is up because of the growth in the labor force.

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Alabama Unemployment
4:46 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Ala. Jobless Rate Unchanged At 6.1 Percent

Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees says the state saw growth in the labor force and an increase in the number of people working, which are good signs.
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Alabama's latest unemployment rate is unchanged at 6.1 percent.

The Department of Labor says the preliminary jobless rate for January was the same as the December 2013 rate. The unemployment rate of 6.1 percent represents 130,444 people without jobs.

The rate is down considerably from a year earlier. The jobless rate for January 2013 was 6.7 percent.

The number of people working in the state in January increased from 1.98 million in December to 1.99 million in January.

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Alabama Unemployment
3:54 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Alabama Unemployment Down To 6.1 Percent

Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.1 percent which is a five-year low.
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Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.1 percent.

Gov. Robert Bentley says that's a five-year low. The last time Alabama has a rate at or below 6.1 percent was October 2008, when the rate was 5.9 percent.

The state Labor Department says December's rate of 6.1 percent compares to 6.2 percent in November and 6.8 percent a year ago. Alabama's rate is below the national average of 6.7 percent. Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby at 3.8 percent, Lee at 4.7 percent and St. Clair and Cullman at 4.8 percent.

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Alabama Unemployment
4:08 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Ala. Jobless Rate Drops To 6.2 percent

Gov. Robert Bentley says unemployment fell in each of Alabama's 67 counties for November. He calls that a sign that the job picture is improving in both urban and rural areas.
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Alabama's unemployment rate is once again down to a five-year low of 6.2 percent.

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.

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.

The November rate represents 132,381 people without jobs in Alabama, compared to 148,956 a year ago.

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Alabama Unemployment
3:53 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Alabama Unemployment Measures 6.3 Percent

Alabama's unemployment rate measured 6.3 percent for August.

Alabama's unemployment rate measured 6.3 percent for August.

The state Department of Labor says the rate is up from July's revised figure of 6.2 percent, but it is well below the 7.5 percent rate from July 2012. It is also below the national rate of 7.3 percent.

The new figures show the number of unemployed Alabamians stayed about the same from July to August, but the number of people employed and the size of the labor force declined.

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Unemployment Rate
8:16 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Alabama 2nd Lowest in SE in Unemployment

Federal officials say Alabama had the second lowest unemployment rate in the Southeast in July, just behind Virginia.

Alabama had the second lowest unemployment rate in the Southeast in July.

   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.

Alabama Unemployment
4:56 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Alabama's Unemployment Rate Drops To 6.3 Percent

Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama has not had an unemployment rate as low as last month's since October 2008.
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Alabama's unemployment rate declined to 6.3 percent in July, which is the lowest rate in nearly five years.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Alabama has not had a rate that low since October 2008. July's rate was down from 6.5 percent in June and was well below the 7.6 percent rate recorded a year ago.

The state Department of Labor said the July rate represents about 135,000 people looking for work. That's down by nearly 5,000 people from the previous month.

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