alabama unemployment

Alabama Ending 2020 with Fewest Initial Unemployment Claims Since March

The Alabama Department of Labor has just released its official count for initial unemployment claims filed during the week of December 20–December 26. 5,506 initial claims were filed, with 2,156 of those claims are COVID-19 related. That is the fewest since 1,824 claims were filed for March 14, just before the pandemic hit. The highest weekly claims were 106,739 for…

Alabama Department of Labor Launching Phone System to Help with Unemployment Claims

The Alabama Department of Labor will soon launch a new phone appointment system for people with unemployment compensation claims who need help. Beginning January 3, claimants can call (800) 361-4524 after 5 p.m. until midnight on Sundays through Thursdays to schedule a call back for the next day. 600 callbacks will be scheduled each day, with the exception of holidays and weekends. If…

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…

Unemployed Alabamians to Receive Additional $300 As Part of Lost Wages Assistance Program

Governor Kay Ivey and Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced Tuesday that Alabama will submit its application to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA)  Program. The LWA program was created by President Donald Trump’s memorandum earlier this month in response to the expiration of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) $600 weekly benefit in July. Upon approval,…

Alabama Department of Labor Warns Unemployment Recipients to be Cautious of Fraud

The Alabama Department of Labor is warning Alabamians receiving unemployment compensation to be wary of fraud and to protect their personal identifying information. Unemployment compensation fraud has always occurred, but instances are increasing significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is a problem that is occurring nationwide, as unscrupulous individuals and crime rings are attempting to defraud states of millions of…