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APR 2017
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted APR 2017
MAR 2017
United States:

April unemployment rate is 5.4%, down from March’s rate of 5.8%, and well below April 2016’s rate of 5.8%. April’s rate represents 119,256 unemployed persons, compared to 128,610 in March and 126,490 in April 2016. 2,088,884 people were working in April, up from 2,080,300 in March and 2,038,043 in April 2016.

The last time the unemployment rate was at or below 5.4% was in May 2008, when it measured 5.2%.

Wage and salary employment, totaling 2,001,800 in April, grew by 10,400. Monthly gains were seen in the leisure and hospitality sector (+4,800), the professional and business services sector (+1,600), and the government sector (+1,400), among others.

The last time wage and salary employment measured more than two million was in June 2008, when it measured 2,012,100.

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 22,400, with gains in the education and health services sector (+6,600), the professional and business services sector (+4,400), and the leisure and hospitality sector (+4,400), among others.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 3.3%, Elmore County at 3.6%, and Cullman County at 3.7%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 11.7%, Clarke County at 8.5%, and Lowndes County at 8.1%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Homewood and Vestavia Hills at 2.9%, Hoover at 3.1%, and Alabaster at 3.2%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Prichard at 8.2%, Selma at 7.8%, and Bessemer at 6.2%.

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).  Technical Notes

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.

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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 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.