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Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate is 6.3%, down from September’s rate of 6.6%, and equal to October 2013’s rate of 6.3%. October’s rate represents 133,470 unemployed persons, compared to 140,555 in September and 134,311 in October 2013.

Wage and salary employment, totaling 1,948,600 in October, increased by 9,800. Monthly gains were seen in the professional and business services sector (+2,900), the government sector (+2,700), and the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+2,400), among others.

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased by 33,100. This also represented the largest percentage gain in job growth (1.73%) since August 2006, in addition to being the largest year-over-year gain during 2014. Yearly gains were seen in the leisure and hospitality sector (+12,100), the professional and business services sector (+10,100), the manufacturing sector (+7,500), and the construction sector (+3,200), among others.

The last time that wage and salary employment was at or above 1,948,600 was December 2008, when wage and salary employment totaled 1,964,400.

The amount paid in unemployment compensation benefits in October was $16,309,161, compared to $24,218,041 in October 2013.

JobLink, the state’s online free jobs database (www.joblink.alabama.gov), registered 20,912 active job orders in October. The Help Wanted Online (HWOL) data showed 51,538 total job ads were placed online in Alabama. The most advertised careers continue to be: truck drivers, retail supervisors, and registered nurses.
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