unemployment

Alabama Unemployment
4:24 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Ala. Jobless Rate Drops To 7.5 Percent

Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees says the latest job numbers show employers are expecting a strong holiday shopping season.
Credit http://dir.alabama.gov / Alabama Dept. of Industrial Relations

Alabama's unemployment rate fell sharply to 7.5 percent in November, a drop officials say was helped by holiday hiring.


The state Department of Labor said Friday the number represents 162,182 people who were jobless last month.


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.


The rate of 7.5 percent is also well below the year-ago rate of 8.3 percent.

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Alabama Unemployment
4:09 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Alabama's Unemployment Rate Down To 8.1 Percent

Unemployment in Alabama drops for the second straight month.
Credit http://dir.alabama.gov / Alabama Dept. of Industrial Relations

Alabama's unemployment rate has declined for the second month to 8.1 percent.


The state Department of Industrial Relations announced Friday that October's rate is down from a revised rate of 8.2 percent in September. Alabama's unemployment rate increased for four months during the late spring and summer, hitting 8.5 percent in August before declining for the last two months.


Nearly 9,000 more Alabama residents were working in October than in the prior month.

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Unemployment Up
5:02 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Alabama Jobless Rate Rises To 8.3 Percent

Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees.
http://dir.alabama.gov Alabama Dept. of Industrial Relations

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.

Alabama Unemployment
3:43 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Alabama Jobless Rate Up to 7.8 percent in June

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 7.8 percent in June, an increase that state officials are calling seasonal.

The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations released the state's jobless rate on Friday. It was up four-tenths of a percent from May's unemployment rate of 7.4 percent, but it's still well below the jobless rate from a year ago.

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Jobless Claims Rose By 34,000 Last Week

There was a 34,000-increase in the number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

It says 386,000 people filed claims, up from 352,000 the week before. "The 4-week moving average was 375,500, a decrease of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average of 377,000."

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Planet Money
9:08 am
Fri July 6, 2012

How Unemployment Has Dragged On, In Three Charts

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 10:06 pm

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.

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.

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