Gov. Robert Bentley announces that Alabama’s preliminary May unemployment rate is 6.8 percent, down from April’s rate of 6.9 percent and well below last year’s rate of 7.5 percent. May’s rate represents 147,788 unemployed persons, compared to 150,401 in April and 161,848 in May of 2012.
The seasonally-adjusted employment numbers continue to show growth in Alabama’s labor force and the number of people employed, along with a decrease in the number of people unemployed. The number of people in the labor force in May of 2013 increased to 2,181,316, up from 2,177,714 in April, while the number of people employed in May increased to 2,033,528, up from 2,027,313 in April.
“We are continuing to move in the right direction, and we are working every day to recruit more jobs to Alabama,” Gov. Bentley said. “For example, I met with leaders from dozens of aerospace companies this week at the Paris Air Show, and we discussed our efforts to grow Alabama’s aviation industry and create more jobs. We’re also moving forward with our Accelerate Alabama plan, which focuses not only on aviation, but also on several other industries that are ready for growth here in Alabama.”
Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said the past four months have shown growth in the labor force and growth in employment. Three of those months had reductions in unemployment as well.
“Our unemployment performance measures are at five-year lows: first time filers, the amount being paid in benefit payments, and the number of weeks compensated are all at their lowest points in years,” Surtees said.
The counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 4.3 percent, Blount and Lee Counties at 5.0 percent, and Autauga and Cullman Counties at 5.4 percent. Coffee County’s rate is 6.0 percent while Dale County is at 6.7 percent.