MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced Friday that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate is 7.5%, down from May’s revised rate of 9.6% and above June 2019’s rate of 2.9%. June’s rate represents 165,770 unemployed persons, compared to 216,043 in May and 65,389 in June 2019.
ADOL reported Cullman County’s June 2020 rate at 5.4%, down from May’s revised rate of 7.4% and above June 2019’s rate of 2.9%.
“We continue to make gains in our unemployment rate but remain above the record low rates we were experiencing prior to this pandemic,” said Washington. “People are returning to work as the economy further reopens, but we are beginning to see slight rises in the number of initial unemployment claims filed each week.”
Wage and salary employment grew in June by 42,300. Monthly gains were seen in the leisure and hospitality sector (+24,100), the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+8,900), the professional and business services sector (+6,900), and the manufacturing sector (+4,800), among others.
Over the year, wage and salary employment has decreased 119,500, with losses in the leisure and hospitality sector (-40,700), the government sector (-24,500), and the professional and business services sector (-21,400), among others.
Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Clay County at 4.6%, Shelby, Marshall, and Cullman Counties at 5.4% and Geneva and DeKalb Counties at 5.6%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 18.5%, Lowndes County at 16.9% and Perry County at 14.1%.
Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 4.5%, Homewood at 4.8% and Madison at 5.1%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are Prichard at 18.8%, Selma at 15.3% and Bessemer and Mobile at 13.0%.
For more information regarding how the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates the unemployment rate, please visit www.bls.gov/bls/bls-covid-19-questions-and-answers.htm.