Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division

Alabama Labor Market Information Division

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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 here.

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July 2017
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted July 2017
June 2017
United States:

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate is 4.5%, down from June’s rate of 4.6%, and well below July 2016’s rate of 5.8%. July’s rate represents 96,251 unemployed persons, compared to 100,187 in June and 126,182 in July 2016.

The number of people counted as unemployed is down 29,931 from July 2016. The last time this measurement was at or below July’s level was in November 2007, when it measured 95,445.

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 31,300, with gains in the leisure and hospitality sector (+12,500), the professional and business services sector (+7,200), the manufacturing sector (+6,700), and the construction sector (+4,900), among others.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 3.5%, Cullman and Baldwin Counties at 4.0%, and Marshall and Elmore Counties at 4.1%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 13.5%, Perry County at 10.8%, and Clarke County at 10.2%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 2.9%, Homewood and Hoover at 3.3%, and Alabaster at 3.4%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 10.9%, Prichard at 9.7%, and Anniston at 6.5%.
Unemployment Snapshot

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.