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Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate is 6.1%, up from April’s rate of 5.8%, and well below May 2014’s rate of 6.9%. May’s rate represents 132,169 unemployed persons, compared to 125,133 in April and 148,505 in May 2014.

Wage and salary employment increased in May by 9,400, rising to 1,958,100. Monthly gains were seen in the professional and business services sector (+2,700), the leisure and hospitality sector (+1,900), and the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+1,700), among others. The last time wage and salary employment was equal to or above 1,958,100 was May 2008, when it was 2,012,500.

Over the year, wage and salary employment has increased by 30,500, with gains in the professional and business services sector (+7,000), the leisure and hospitality sector (+6,300), and the education and health services sector (+6,200), among others.

Household, or CPS, employment was recorded at 2,038,731 in May, representing a monthly increase of 6,990, and 47,488 over the year.
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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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