Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division

Alabama Labor Market Information Division

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August 2022
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted August 2022
July 2022
United States:

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally August adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 2.6%. August’s rate is well below August 2021’s rate of 3.3%. August’s rate represents 58,958 unemployed persons, a new record low, compared to 59,359 in July and 74,505 in August 2021.

The number of people counted as employed also reached a new record high, increasing by 67,881 over the year to 2,234,669. An increase in the civilian labor force in August also raised its level to a new record high, gaining 52,334 people over the year to total 2,293,627.

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 36,800, with gains in the construction sector (+9,800), the education and health services sector (+9,300), and the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+7,100), among others.

Wage and salary employment increased in August by 1,500. Monthly gains were seen in the professional and business services sector (+3,100), the education and health services sector (+2,700), and the government sector (+2,300), among others.

All 67 counties saw their unemployment rates decline over year, and all counties saw their unemployment rates hold steady or decline over the month.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 2.0%, Marshall and Cullman Counties at 2.2%, and Morgan, Limestone, Chilton, and Blount Counties at 2.3%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 10.0%, Lowndes County at 7.4%, and Perry County at 7.2%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 1.6%, Homewood and Trussville at 1.8%, and Alabaster and Hoover at 1.9%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 8.5%, Prichard at 6.5%, and Anniston at 4.6%.

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.