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FEB 2017
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Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate is 6.2%, down from January’s rate of 6.4%, and above January 2016’s rate of 6.0%. February’s rate represented 2,067,042 people working, up from January’s count of 2,053,837, and significantly higher than February 2016’s count of 2,036,314. February’s rate represents 136,826 unemployed persons, compared to 141,217 in January and 130,283 in February 2016.

Alabama’s civilian labor force measured 2,203,868 in February, the highest it’s been since June 2011, when it measured 2,202,354.

Wage and salary employment measured 1,980,800 in February, representing an increase of 13,300 from January. Monthly gains were seen in the government sector (+3,800), the professional and business services sector (+3,500), and the leisure and hospitality sector (+3,200), among others.

Over the year, wage and salary employment has increased 29,800, with gains in the educational and health services sector (+7,700), the manufacturing sector (+5,800), and the leisure and hospitality sector (+5,600), among others.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 4.5%, Elmore County at 5.0%, and Madison and Lee Counties at 5.2%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 14.9%, Clarke County at 11.2%, and Lowndes County at 10.7%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 4.0%, Homewood at 4.1%, and Hoover at 4.3%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 10.8%, Prichard at 10.3%, and Bessemer at 8.5%.

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:  Click here.

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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.

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
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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
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Workforce Development
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