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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…

Alabama’s March Unemployment Rate Hits 3.5%

Unemployment Rate by County/Source: ADOL Alabama’s unemployment rate is now at 3.5%, that’s up from 2.7% in February. The Alabama Department of Labor says March’s rate represents just over 2.1 million employed persons in the state, which is down over 24,216 over the year. Sectors that saw monthly losses were seen in the education and health services, professional and business…

More Than 106,000 Alabama Workers Filed Unemployment Claims Last Week

The Alabama Department of Labor has released its official count for initial unemployment claims filed during the week of March 29 – April 4. The labor department says 106,739 initial claims were filed either online or by telephone during the period. It says 94,047 of those claims are COVID-19 related. Click County Breakdown for a breakdown by county. Click Industry…

Unemployment Claims Rising in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Labor has released the official count for initial unemployment claims filed during the week of March 15 – March 21. There were 10,982 initial claims filed either online or by telephone during this time period. Click  County Breakdown for a breakdown by county. Click Industry Breakdown for a breakdown by industry. *Be sure to click week ending day 2020-03-21. You…

Alabamians Unable to Work Due to Coronavirus Can Get Unemployment Benefits

The Alabama Department of Labor has announced that workers who aren’t able to work due to coronavirus will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits. The department says it is modifying its rules to accommodate these workers who are affected in any of the following way: Quarantined by a medical professional or government agency Laid off or sent home without…

Gov. Ivey Urging Employers to to Recruit, Hire Military Veterans

Governor Kay Ivey joined U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia and Alabama Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington in urging employers to recruit and employ Alabama’s veterans. The U.S. Department of Labor announced earlier this week that it is now accepting applications for the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award.   The HIRE Vets Medallion Program is designed to encourage employers’ commitment to veteran careers, including hiring,…

Changes to Alabama Unemployment Claims Filed This Year

The Alabama Department of Labor says new unemployment compensation claims filed this year will fall under new rules that were passed by the Alabama Legislature. Claims filed before January 1, 2020 are not affected. The rules are part of the Unemployment Reduction Act.  Benefits will be lowered from a maximum of 26 weeks to 14-20 weeks, based on Alabama’s unemployment…

1,400 Attend Regional Job Fair in Selma

Alabama Department of Labor officials are calling a regional job fair held in Selma a huge success. Alabama News Network was one of the sponsors of the job far. An estimated 1,400 job seekers attended the job fair, held inside the gymnasium at Selma University. Many had lined up before the doors had opened yesterday morning. More than 40 companies…

Gov. Kay Ivey to Attend Selma Job Fair on Thursday

Gov. Kay Ivey will attend the Alabama Department of Labor’s regional job fair in Selma on Thursday and give remarks. Alabama News Network is a partner in this job fair. The job fair is being hosted by the Alabama Career Center System. Other partners include the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs and Selma University. More than 25 employers representing 1,500…