Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division

Alabama Labor Market Information Division

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Unemployment Snapshot
June 2017
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted June 2017
May 2017
United States:

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate is 4.6%, down from May’s rate of 4.9%, and significantly lower than June 2016’s rate of 5.8%. June’s rate represents 100,376 unemployed persons, compared to 107,223 in May and 125,000 in June 2016. 2,077,275 people were counted as employed in June, down slightly from May’s count of 2,088,502, but well above June 2016’s count of 2,040,370.

The last time the month-to-month growth in wage and salary employment measured more than 1.8% was in June 2006, when it measured 2.2%.

Wage and salary employment increased in June by 6,000 to 2,016,400. Monthly gains were seen in the leisure and hospitality sector (+6,000), the other services sector (+1,200), and the professional and business services sector (+1,000), among others.

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 34,800, with gains in the leisure and hospitality sector (+10,800), the professional and business services sector (+6,900), and the education and health services sector (+6,200), among others.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 3.8%, Elmore, Cullman, and Baldwin Counties at 4.3%, and Marshall County at 4.5%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 13.5%, Clarke County at 10.6%, and Perry County at 10.2%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 3.2%, Hoover at 3.6%, and Homewood at 3.7%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Prichard and Selma at 10.1%, Anniston at 7.0%, and Bessemer at 6.5%.

HWOL The Help Wanted Online Data Series™ fills a critical gap in the current U.S. economic indicators by providing timely monthly measures of labor demand (advertised vacancies) at the national, regional, State and metropolitan area levels. These monthly measures are comparable in timing and geographic detail to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly measures of labor supply (unemployment).

Descriptions of various products and reports can be found in the 2012 Labor Market Information Users Guide.

The Catalogue of Workforce Information Sources, formerly the Environmental Scan, has been finalized by the Employment and Training Administration.  You can find it at the following link:  Click here.

Click here for information about job terminations in Alabama.

Programs and Data

Employment Statistics
Information relating to employment, hours, and earnings estimates for the State of Alabama and employment estimates for the metropolitan areas by detailed industry.

Occupational Safety and Health Statistics
Information relating to occupational illnesses as well as fatal and non-fatal injuries. Statewide and national data is available.

Occupational Statistics
Information relating to the changing workforce in the state. Data include estimated and projected employment with annual average job openings, occupational wages for both the state and metropolitan areas, and a synopsis of information on selected occupations relevant to the state.

Quarterly Employment and Wages
Comprehensive employment and wage data by industry and county and state for workers covered by unemployment insurance laws.

Statistical Bulletin
Information relating to covered employment, unemployment compensation and employment service activities. Data include quarterly and annual covered employment and wages, benefit payments and contributions by industry and county, and applicant and placement data. Select most recent month or historical months.

Unemployment Statistics
Information relating to the labor force, employment, and unemployment for the State of Alabama, metropolitan areas, counties, and cities.

Workforce Development
Information relating to workforce development and reports published in co-operation with our Workforce Development Unit. Census Local Area Dynamics, and Alabama Labor Supply are just some of the options.