Alabama Unemployment Rates Information

Unemployment Rates In Alabama

The Unemployment rate in Alabama was adjusted at 6.1 percent in December (2013) from November’s rate of 6.2 percent.
The National Rate for unemployment is 6.7 percent.
According to the latest data provided by the Alabama Department of Labor (December 2013):
• Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment fell and decreased by 1,400 with losses occurring in the service-providing industries.
• There was an increase of 10,500 jobs, which predominantly came in the areas of Manufacturing; Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; and Leisure and Hospitality.
• There was an increase of 6,400 jobs over the year with annual gains centered primarily in Manufacturing.
• Durable Goods Manufacturing industries experienced slight losses in December, with 200 fewer jobs.

• There was an additional 2,100 jobs over the year, with the majority of the increase occurring in Transportation Equipment Manufacturing.
• Non-Durable Goods employment for December increased by 200.
• Over the year, Non-Durable Goods increased by 3,800 jobs, mainly in Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing.
• The Service-Providing sector lost 1,400 jobs this December due mainly to decreases in Leisure and Hospitality, as well as Government.
• Annually, the Service-Providing sector gained 4,100 jobs. The gains occurred primarily in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities and in Leisure and Hospitality.
• Average Hourly Earnings in Manufacturing, at $18.31, were up 23 cents from November 2013 and up 12 cents over the year.
• Average Weekly Earnings of $783.67 were down by $2.81 from November (2013), and down $5.78 from a year ago (2012), due to the decrease in Average Weekly Hours.
• Average Weekly Hours decreased to 42.8 hours over the month of December.
The counties with the highest unemployment rates in Alabama are:
• Wilcox – 14.2 percent (417)
• Bullock – 11.6 percent (394)
• Perry – 11.4 percent (367)
• Dallas – 11.1 percent (1,517)
• Monroe – 10.6 percent (752)
The counties with the lowest unemployment rates in Alabama are:
• Shelby – 3.8 percent (3,851)
• Lee – 4.7 percent (3,224)
• Cullman – 4.8 percent (1,806)
• St. Clair – 4.8 percent (1,788)
• Limestone – 4.9 percent (1,893)
Alabama has the lowest unemployment rate from the Southeastern states:
• Alabama – 6.1 percent
• Florida – 6.2 percent
• South Carolina – 6.6 percent
• North Carolina – 6.9 percent
• Georgia – 7.4 percent
• Tennessee – 7.8 percent
• Mississippi – 8.0 percent
• Kentucky – 8.0 percent

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