SEP 2014
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Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate is 6.6%, down from August’s rate of 6.9%. September’s rate represents 140,674 unemployed persons, compared to 147,248 in August.

Wage and salary employment rose in September by 12,700. Monthly gains were seen in the government sector (+7,600), the education and health services sector (+2,800), and the professional and business services sector (+7,900), among others. Over the year, wage and salary employment increased by 31,600, with gains in the leisure and hospitality sector (+9,000), the manufacturing sector (+7,900), the education and health services sector (+3,100), the construction sector (+2,800), among others.

JobLink, the state’s free online jobs database (, registered 23,829 active job orders in September. The Help Wanted Online (HWOL) data showed 53,229 total job ads were placed online in Alabama. The most advertised careers continue to be: truck drivers, retail supervisors, and registered nurses.

“Every county in Alabama experienced a decrease in their unemployment rate this month,” Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington said. “Five counties with traditionally high unemployment rates saw their rates drop more than two percentage points.”
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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.

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