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September 2018
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted September 2018
Preliminary
August 2018
Revised
Alabama:
4.1%
4.1%
United States:
3.7%
3.9%

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate is 4.1%. September’s rate represents 2,117,027 people working. In August, 2,112,099 people were counted as employed, and 2,082,085 were counted as employed in September 2017. The rate represents 90,830 unemployed persons, compared to 91,183 in August and 83,667 in September 2017.

Wage and salary employment increased in September by 9,100. Monthly gains were seen in the government sector (+6,000), the education and health services sector (+4,000), and the professional and business services sector (+2,100), among others, while over the year wage and salary employment increased 26,800, with gains in the professional and business services sector (+11,500), the manufacturing sector (+8,200), and the construction sector (+2,800), among others.

Average weekly earnings increased over the year by $53.82. Manufacturing weekly earnings increased by $27.18 over the year, and construction weekly earnings were up $55.08 over the year.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 2.8%, Cullman County at 3.1%, and Marshall and Elmore Counties at 3.3%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 9.3%, Clarke County at 7.3%, and Lowndes County at 7.2%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 2.5%, Homewood at 2.6%, and Alabaster at 2.7%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 7.7%, Prichard at 7.2%, and Bessemer and Anniston at 5.2%.


Unemployment Snapshot

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.

Click here for information about job terminations in Alabama.

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.