Employment rates up again in June

Published 8:59 am Saturday, July 21, 2018

Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced today that the number of people counted as working in Alabama has reached 2,098,377, a record high. Additionally, Alabama’s economy is supporting more jobs than ever before, with employers reporting 2,050,400 positions.

June employment data measures 2,098,377 employed persons, compared to 2,091,505 in May and 2,073,795 in June 2017. There were 89,353 people counted as unemployed, up from 85,589 in and below 93,997 in June 2017. June’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 4.1 percent, up from May’s rate of 3.9 percent, and below June 2017’s rate of 4.3 percent.

Covington County’s unemployment was up from May at 5.4 percent, compared to 4.1 percent in May. In June of 2017, the rate was 5.7 percent.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 3.7 percent, Elmore, Cullman, and Baldwin Counties at 4.2 percent, and Marshall County at 4.3 percent. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 11.4 percent, Clarke County at 9.3 percent, and Perry County at 9.2 percent.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 3.3 percent, Alabaster at 3.5 percent, and Homewood and Hoover at 3.6 percent. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Prichard and Selma at 8.9 percent, Anniston at 6.7 percent, and Bessemer at 6.4 percent.