Covington County sees increase in May unemployment rate

Published 7:30 am Thursday, July 6, 2023

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Covington County saw an increase in its unemployment rate for May, according to the Alabama Department of Labor.

The county’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate for May came in at 2.3 percent, an increase for April’s rate of 1.9 percent. The rate for May 2022 was reported at 2.2 percent.

All adjacent counties also saw unemployment rate increases from April to May. Butler County’s May rate was 2.5 percent, up from 2.2 in April; Coffee County’s rate was 2.1, up from April’s 1.7 percent; Conecuh County came in 2.8 percent, up from 2.2 in April; Crenshaw County’s May rate was 2.2, up from April’s 1.7; Escambia County’s May rate was 2.7, up from 2.2 in April; and Geneva County’s May rate was 2.1 percent, up from 1.8 in April.

Statewide, the May unemployment rate was 2.2 percent, unchanged from April’s rate and remains a record low, and below May 2022’s rate of 2.5 percent.  May’s rate represents 51,445 unemployed persons, a new record low, compared to 51,448 in April and 57,866 in May 2022.

“I’m proud to announce that not only has our state’s unemployment rate remained strong and steady but is accompanied by a total jobs count that has once again reached a record high. Despite facing a challenging national economy, Alabama has pressed onward to deliver strong and stable economic results,” said Governor Kay Ivey. “With a highly skilled workforce, economic incentives curated for success and red tape being cut where necessary, Alabama remains as the Southeast’s hub for economic growth and opportunity for all.”

The number of people in our civilian labor force also increased to a new record high, with 7,713 more people counted this year over last year.

Additionally, the number of people who are counted as employed rose to a new record high, gaining 14,134 over the year to 2,247,581.

“Since last year, our employers have added more than 40,000 jobs, creating an excellent economic climate for Alabama,” said Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “We are holding steady with a record low unemployment rate, more and more people are working, and people are joining the labor force in record numbers, which indicates confidence in the economy.”

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 40,500, with gains in the private education and health sector (+8,600), the government sector (+6,600) and the professional and business services sector (+6,300), among others.

Wage and salary employment increased in May by 2,100 over the month.  Monthly gains were seen in the other services sector (+1,100), the leisure and hospitality sector (+900) and the government sector (+500), among others.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 1.6 percent, Morgan and Cullman counties at 1.7 percent and Limestone, Madison, Marshall and St. Clair counties at 1.8 percent.

Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 6.8 percent, Dallas County at 4.5 and Clarke County at 4.3 percent.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 1.4 percent, Alabaster, Homewood, Madison, and Trussville at 1.5 percent and Hoover at 1.6 percent.

Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 5.5 percent, Prichard at 4.3 and Bessemer at 3.3 percent.