Alabama’s April Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly
“Every aspect of this month’s jobs data reflects positively on Alabama’s economy,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “More people are working and more jobs are filled. In fact, we are supporting almost 100,000 more jobs now than we were at the height of the recession. We are continuously working to keep that momentum going, with events like last week’s huge job fair in Birmingham that drew more than 5,000 job seekers.”
Wage and salary employment measured 1,971,300 in April 2016. In comparison, when the Governor took office in January 2011, the wage and salary employment measured 1,839,400.
“This is a promising month for us,” Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington said. “There are more people looking for work and more people working this month than there have been all year. The number of people who are unemployed is down. We continue to see growth in our wage and salary employment, surpassing economists’ growth expectations by nearly 8,000 jobs only four months into the year.”
Wage and salary employment increased in April by 16,500. Monthly gains were seen in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+3,600), the professional and business services sector (+3,500), and the leisure and hospitality sector (+2,100), among others.
Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 25,400, with gains in the professional and business services sector (+7,400), the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+5,900), and the education and health services sector (+5,200), among others.
All major Alabama cities, metro areas, and 67 Alabama counties experienced drops in the unemployment rate. The state’s jobless rate remains well above the national rate of 5 percent, however.
Alabama unemployment is worst in Wilcox County at 12.8 percent
Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 4.0%, Elmore County at 4.5%, and Cherokee County at 4.6%. Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 3.4%, Homewood at 3.7%, and Hoover at 3.9%.