Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division

Alabama Labor Market Information Division

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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.

May 2021
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted May 2021
April 2021
United States:

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate is 3.4%, down from April’s rate of 3.6%, and well below May 2020’s rate of 7.9%. May’s rate represents 75,458 unemployed persons, compared to 79,319 in April and 174,680 in May 2020. May’s unemployed count is the lowest in 2021.

Wage and salary employment grew in May by 4,700. Monthly gains were seen in the leisure and hospitality sector (+5,000), the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+2,500), and the education and health services sector (+1,200), among others. Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 123,000, with gains in the leisure and hospitality sector (+37,100), the professional and business services sector (+23,000), and the manufacturing sector (+22,900), among others.

Alabama’s online jobs ads, as measured by the state’s Help Wanted Online (HWOL) survey, registered at 89,105 in May.

The average weekly earnings for the private sector rose to a new record high of $974.12, up $66.91 over the year. The average weekly earnings for the leisure and hospitality sector also rose to a new record high of $387.36, up $27.55 over the year. The manufacturing sector’s weekly wages rose to $1,209.84, up $191.04 over the year.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 1.8%, Blount County at 1.9%, and Marshall, Franklin, and DeKalb Counties at 2.0%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 8.8%, Lowndes County at 8.2%, and Perry County at 7.0%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Alabaster at 1.7%, Hoover and Madison at 1.9%, and Vestavia Hills at 2.0%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 7.0%, Prichard at 6.5%, and Bessemer at 5.2%.

Unemployment Snapshot

Labor Market 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.