Chilton County’s unemployment rate increases by 0.6 percent

Published 4:54 pm Friday, July 18, 2014

Chilton County’s preliminary unemployment rate for June increased 0.6 percent from the May rate but remains lower than the June 2013 rate.

The county’s preliminary rate for June was 6.2 percent, compared to 5.6 percent for May’s revised rate and 6.4 percent for June 2013.

Alabama’s June unemployment rate remains the same as May’s revised rate of 6.8 percent, but is still higher than 6.5 percent for June 2013.

The seasonally adjusted preliminary rate of 6.8 percent for June represents 144,991 unemployed persons, compared to 146,976 in May and 138,344 in June 2013.

Alabama’s economy generated approximately 5,000 more jobs when compared to Alabama’s wage and salary employment in June 2013, according to a press release.

“For Alabamians who want a job, we remain focused on helping them find and keep a job,” Gov. Robert Bentley said in a press release. “Just this week, we were able to announce three new projects resulting in hundreds of well-paying jobs for Alabamians. These jobs are a sign that existing companies are confident in the Alabama economy.”

The number of people in the labor force decreased to 2,139,528 in June from 2,146,877 in May.

The number of people employed decreased to 1,994,537 in June from 1,999,901 in May.

The state’s Help Wanted Online (HWOL) data, which tracks online job postings in the state, shows that 53,491 total job ads were posted in June.

Truck drivers, retail sales workers and registered nurses are among the most in-demand jobs in Alabama.

The counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 5 percent, Baldwin and Cullman counties at 5.7 percent and Lee and Cherokee counties at 5.9 percent.

The counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 17.2 percent, Perry County at 14.8 percent and Dallas County at 14.3 percent.

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