County’s unemployment rate remains the same

Published 2:42 pm Friday, July 17, 2015

Chilton County’s preliminary unemployment rate for June remained unchanged from the May rate of 6.1 percent.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Friday that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally- adjusted June unemployment rate is also 6.1 percent.

“Even though our unemployment rate remained unchanged this month, we are pleased that since January 2011, our month-over-month growth in wage and salary employment, a trend that began in January 2011, continues,” Bentley said in a release. “Today, there are almost 75,000 more jobs in Alabama than there were in June 2011. This is good news for Alabamians who are looking to find a job.”

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased by 23,600 to 1,952,800, with gains in the education and health services sector (6,800), the leisure and hospitality sector (4,900) and the construction sector (4,000), among others.

In June 2011, wage and salary employment was 1,878,200.

Wage and salary employment decreased in June by 1,900. Monthly gains were seen in the construction sector (2,300), the leisure and hospitality sector (1,600) and the manufacturing sector (800), among others.

“The June unemployment rate continues to reflect what we saw last month,” Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington said in a release. “It is not uncommon to see unemployment rise or remain steady during the summer months, usually as a result of an increase in the labor force as students and graduates search for work, and teachers and other school employees are not employed.”

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 4.6 percent, Elmore County at 5.4 percent and Baldwin County at 5.5 percent.