Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division

Alabama Labor Market Information Division

Recent Updates

January 2018
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted January 2018
December 2017
United States:

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate is 3.7%, down from December 2017’s revised rate of 3.8%, and well below January 2017’s rate of 5.5%. January’s rate represents 80,841 unemployed persons, compared to 82,378 in December and 120,788 in January 2017. 2,079,871 people were counted as employed, compared to 2,081,176 in December, and 2,057,886 in January 2017.

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 17,700, with gains in the leisure and hospitality sector (+6,000), the education and health services sector (+5,600), and the professional and business services sector (+4,800), among others.

Effective with this news release, the civilian labor force and unemployment data for Alabama were revised to incorporate updated inputs, new population controls, reestimation of models, and adjustment to new control totals. In addition, a new procedure for seasonally adjusting the data was implemented. While the not seasonally adjusted data were revised from 2013 forward, the seasonally adjusted data were revised back to 1976. Information on the new seasonal adjustment procedure is available at

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 3.0%, Cullman County at 3.5%, and Marshall, Madison, Elmore, and Blount Counties at 3.6%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 10.4%, Clarke County at 8.1%, and Lowndes County at 7.5%.

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.