Alabama unemployment rate

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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Business & Education
6:24 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Alabama Goes Against Trend on Unemployment

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Alabama was the only state that had a higher unemployment rate in July than it did a year ago. July marked the second month that has happened.

The bureau says Alabama's rate of 7.0 percent for July compared to 6.5 percent a year earlier. The other 49 states had rates lower than a year ago.

The same thing happened in June. Alabama's rate of 6.8 percent was higher than the 6.5 percent measured a year earlier.

The national unemployment rate has declined over the last year from 7.3 percent to 6.2 percent.

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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
3:36 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Alabama Unemployment Unchanged At 6.8 Percent

Gov. Robert Bentley says seasonally adjusted rate for June represents nearly 145,000 people looking for work.
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Alabama's unemployment rate for June is unchanged at 6.8 percent.

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.

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.

The counties with the highest rates are Wilcox at 17.2 percent, Perry at 14.8 percent and Dallas at 14.3 percent.

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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
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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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
5:18 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Alabama Unemployment Drops To 6.5 percent

Alabama's jobless rate fell to its lowest rate in four years for the month of June.
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Alabama's unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent in June, which is lowest rate in more than four years.


The state Department of Labor said the June rate was down from 6.8 percent in May, and it was the lowest rate recorded since Alabama hit the same figure in November 2008. It was also below the national figure of 7.6 percent.


The rate was supposed to be announced Friday, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics inadvertently released it early. State officials then provided details of the new rate.

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Alabama Unemployment
8:56 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Alabama Unemployment Drops to 6.9 Percent

Alabama's unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in April.
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Alabama's unemployment rate has dipped to 6.9 percent.

Unemployment Benefits
7:58 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Alabama Losing 9 Weeks of Unemployment Benefits

State officials say Alabama is no longer eligible for the extra nine weeks of unemployment benefits.
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Unemployment benefits for some Alabamians who have been out of work a long time are changing.


Alabamians have been able to qualify for 63 weeks of benefits, but that is being reduced by nine weeks to 54 weeks. Alabama Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said the state is no longer eligible for the extra nine weeks of federally funded benefits because the state's unemployment rate fell below 7 percent in November, December and January.

Alabama Unemployment Rate
8:34 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Alabama's Unemployment at 6.9 Percent

Alabama officials say the state's unemployment rate for January is 6.9%.

Alabama's unemployment rate for January is 6.9 percent.

That's up slightly from December's revised rate of 6.8 percent. December's preliminary rate had been 7.1 percent, but it was revised downward.


Gov. Robert Bentley said Alabama now has two consecutive months with unemployment below 7 percent. January's rate is also below the 7.3 percent the state recorded a year ago.


State Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said Alabama is seeing a positive trend, but officials must remain focused on the more than 148,000 Alabamians still looking for work.

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Business & Education
8:42 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Alabama Unemployment Drops to 7.1 Percent

Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped again.


Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that December's rate of 7.1 percent is down from 7.5 percent in November. It's the fourth month for a decline since measuring 8.5 percent in August. The December rate is also better than the 8 percent measured a year ago.


The state Department of Labor reports that Alabama gained 7,600 manufacturing jobs during the last year, and professional and business services jobs grew by 4,500.

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