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January 2019
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted January 2019
Preliminary
December 2018
Revised
Alabama:
3.8%
3.8%
United States:
4.0%
3.9%

For eight consecutive months, the number of people counted as employed in Alabama has reached record highs. In January 2019, the number of people counted as employed measured 2,123,398, breaking December 2018’s revised count of 2,120,769.

The number of people counted as unemployed in January measured 83,406, which is the third lowest count in history. A year ago, this number measured 86,250.

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted January 2019 unemployment rate is 3.8%, unchanged from December 2018’s rate, and below January 2018’s rate of 3.9%. Following end of year revisions, 3.8% marks the record low unemployment rate for Alabama.

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 31,500, with gains in the leisure and hospitality sector (+7,600), the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+4,400), and the construction sector (+4,200), among others.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 3.2%, Marshall and Cullman Counties at 3.7%, and Tuscaloosa, Morgan, Madison, and Elmore Counties at 3.8%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 10.5%, Lowndes County at 8.2%, and Clarke County at 7.9%.



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.