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Unemployment Snapshot
MAY 2016
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted MAY 2016
APR 2016
United States:
  • Alabama’s May Unemployment Rate is Unchanged at 6.1%
  • Wage & Salary Employment Nearing 2 Million
  • All Metro Areas Experienced a Yearly Rate Drop

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate is 6.1%, unchanged from both April 2016’s rate and May 2015’s rate. May’s rate represents 132,106 unemployed persons, compared to 133,252 in April and 130,722 in May 2015.

The Civilian Labor Force (CLF), which is made up of people who are working or looking for work, increased in May both over the month and over the year. 40,548 more people are working or looking for work in May 2016 than there were in May 2015. The number of people who are counted as employed also increased over the month and the year, with 39,164 more working this year than last.

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 20,000, with gains in the professional and business services sector (+7,300), the education and health services sector (+5,200), and the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+4,600), among others.

Wage and salary employment increased in May by 4,200. Monthly gains were seen in the government sector (+1,800), the leisure and hospitality sector (+1,700), and the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+1,300), among others.

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:  www.doleta.gov/Programs/pdf/environmental-scan-report-final.pdf

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