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Alabama GOP Advances Bill for Vaccine Mandate Exemptions

 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have advanced legislation aimed at limiting companies’ ability to fire workers who say they can’t get vaccinated against COVID-19 for religious or medical reasons. The House Health Committee approved a revised version of a bill that would create a state form for workers to claim an exemption. An employee submitting the form couldn’t be…

Alabama Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.4%

The Alabama Department of Labor has announced that November’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 4.4%, down from October’s revised rate of 5.7%. The rate does remain above November 2019’s rate of 2.7%. November’s rate represents 100,537 unemployed people, compared to 127,425. “As we are nearing the end of a definitively turbulent year, it’s truly great news to see our…

Alabama’s Unemployment Continues on Downward Trend

The Alabama Department of Labor has released the official count for initial unemployment claims filed during the week of November 29 – December 5, 2020. 7,059 initial claims were filed either online or by telephone during this period. 3,317 of those claims are COVID-19 related. That is slightly lower than the prior week and is the lowest since the pandemic…

Alabama’s Unemployment Rate Rising Slightly

Alabama’s unemployment rate rose slightly in July as the state continues to feel the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alabama Department of Labor reported Friday that the state’s preliminary July unemployment rate is 7.9%, up from June’s rate of 7.6%. The number represents 176,637 unemployed people. By comparison, the rate was under 3% last July before the pandemic….

Alabama Unemployment System Glitches Cause Claims Issue

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Some Alabama residents spent the holiday weekend struggling to claim their weekly unemployment benefits. The Alabama Department of Labor says that about 53,000 people were blocked from filing the required weekly report telling state government that they still don’t have a job. Only then is another week’s worth of unemployment benefits paid. The department said Monday…