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MAY 2017
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted MAY 2017
APR 2017
United States:

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate is 4.9%, down from April’s rate of 5.4%, and significantly lower than May 2016’s rate of 5.8%. May’s rate represents 107,364 unemployed persons, compared to 119,113 in April and 125,153 in May 2016. May’s rate represents 2,089,217 employed persons, compared to 2,088,764 in April and 2,038,912 in May 2016.

The last time Alabama’s unemployment rate was at or below 4.9% was March 2008 when it measured 4.8%. The last time Current Population Survey (CPS) employment measured at or above 2,089,217 was March 2007, when it measured 2,090,126.

Wage and salary employment, totaling 2,014,600, increased in May by 13,100. Monthly gains were seen in the leisure and hospitality sector (+6,100), the construction sector (+3,100), and the manufacturing sector (+1,500), among others.

The only other times wage and salary employment surpassed 2,014,600 were in December 2007 (2,026,700), November 2007 (2,022,000), and June 2007 (2,018,400).

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased by 33,000, with gains in the leisure and hospitality sector (+7,500), the manufacturing sector (+6,300), and the education and health services sector (+6,000), among others.

All metropolitan areas had rate decreases both over the month and over the year. Only one county (Sumter) experienced a rate increase over the month, and all counties saw their rates drop over the year.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 3.1%, Elmore County at 3.4%, and Cullman County at 3.5%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 10.9%, Clarke County at 8.0%, and Lowndes County at 7.4%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 2.7%, Homewood at 2.8%, and Hoover at 3.0%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Prichard at 7.4%, Selma at 7.3%, and Anniston at 5.6%.

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.

Click here for information about job terminations in Alabama.

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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
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.