County’s jobless rate up, state’s down

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate decreased from May, though Shelby County’s rate increased.

The state’s June jobless rate of 4.6 percent was down from May’s rate of 4.9 percent and June 2016’s rate of 5.8 percent.

Shelby County’s June unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, an increase from May’s 3.1-percent rate but below the June 2016 rate of 4.6 percent.

Shelby County still boasted Alabama’s lowest unemployment rate, followed by Elmore, Cullman and Baldwin counties at 4.3 percent and Marshall County at 4.5 percent.

Counties with the highest unemployment rates were Wilcox County at 13.5 percent, Clarke County at 10.6 percent and Perry County at 10.2 percent.

The unemployment rates for counties surrounding Shelby were Jefferson at 5 percent, St. Clair at 4.8 percent, Talladega at 5.7 percent, Coosa at 5.3 percent, Chilton at 4.7 percent and Bibb at 5.2 percent.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates were Vestavia Hills at 3.2 percent, Hoover at 3.6 percent, Homewood at 3.7 percent and Alabaster at 3.9 percent.

Major cities with the highest unemployment rates were Prichard and Selma at 10.1 percent, Anniston at 7 percent, and Mobile and Bessemer at 6.5 percent.

Alabama’s June rate represents 100,376 unemployed persons, compared to 107,223 in May and 125,000 in June 2016. 2,077,275 people were counted as employed in June, down slightly from May’s count of 2,088,502, but well above June 2016’s count of 2,040,370.

“Alabama’s unemployment continues to drop, and our economy continues to add jobs,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a release. “As of now, we are only two-tenths of a percentage point away from catching up to the national unemployment rate. Even though our numbers are improving, I continue to pledge to work even harder to make sure that any Alabamian who wants a job can find one.”