FEB 2015
Unemployment Rates
Seasonally Adjusted Prel.
FEB 2015
Rev.
JAN 2015
Alabama
Unemployment Rate
:
5.8%
6.0%
National
Unemployment Rate:
5.5%
5.7%
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Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate is 5.8%, down from January’s rate of 6.0%, and well below February 2014’s rate of 7.2%. February’s rate represents 123,293 unemployed persons, compared to 128,433 in January and 154,933 in February 2014.

The household survey indicates that 2,016,508 reported having jobs in February. The last time employment was equal to or above this number was October 2008, when employment totaled 2,021,511.

Wage and salary employment totaled 1,930,900 in February. The last time February’s wage and salary employment was equal to or above that number was in 2008. Over the year, wage and salary employment increased by 37,900, with gains in the leisure and hospitality sector (+8,600), the professional and business services sector (+7,500), and the education and health services sector (+5,900), among others. Additionally, wage and salary employment increased in February by 7,600. Monthly gains were seen in the leisure and hospitality sector (+3,100), the government sector (+2,500), and the construction sector (+1,800), among others.

In February, initial claims totaled 12,793. The last time initial claims were equal to or above that number was in May 1974, when initial claims totaled 12,801.

JobLink, the state’s free online jobs database (www.joblink.alabama.gov), registered 20,275 active job orders in February.

Preliminary data also shows that all 67 counties experienced unemployment rate decreases both month over month and year over year.
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