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Alabama's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate,
at 7.0 percent in July, was up from June’s rate of 6.8 percent and was above the
6.5 percent recorded a year ago. July’s rate represented 148,791
unemployed persons, compared to 144,868 in June and 138,612 in July of 2013.
The comparable national rate for July, at 6.2
percent, up from June’s rate of 6.1 percent and was below the year-ago rate of
Wage and salary employment, totaling 1,916,000 in
July, decreased 7,400 over the month. Monthly gains were seen in
construction (+2,600); leisure and hospitality (+1,500); trade, transportation,
and utilities (+1,400); manufacturing (+1,200); education and health services
(+700); natural resources and mining (+100); and information (+100).
Monthly losses were seen in government (-13,300), professional and business
services (-1,000), financial activities (-400), and other services (-300).
Over the past twelve months, total
nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 19,400. The annual
gains were due to increases leisure and hospitality (+7,800); manufacturing
(+5,700); education and health services (+5,000); professional and business
services (+3,300); construction (+2,300); trade, transportation, and utilities
(+2,300); and natural resources and mining (+400). Annual declines were
recorded in government (-5,900), other services (-1,000), financial activities
(-300), and information (-200).