Governor Ivey Announces Alabama Breaks Previous Employment Records, Sets New Record Unemployment Rate of 2.8%

MONTGOMERY- Governor Kay Ivey announced on Friday that Alabama’s provisional and seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 2.8%, down from the March rate of 2.9%, and well below the April 2021 rate of 3.6%. The April rate represents a new record unemployment rate for Alabama.

“I’m thrilled that after 202 years of trying, Alabama has once again reached a new record high unemployment rate, and that momentum is only continuing. Alabama people want to work, plain and simple, and this, combined with our efforts, has helped us achieve the lowest unemployment rate in our state’s history, yet again,” said Governor Ivey. “We have more people working today than at any other time in our state’s history. We’re breaking record after record, and we’re just getting started!

The April rate represents 63,208 unemployed, a new record, compared to 65,441 in March and 81,599 in April 2021. In addition, 2,213,189 people were counted as employed, also a new record, compared to 2,204,911 in March and 43,594 since April 2021. The civilian labor force grew by 25,203 during the year to 2,276,397.

“Alabama leads the nation, there’s no doubt about it,” added Governor Ivey. “We will continue to work hard to make sure our people are working. Friends, the best is yet to come.

Private sector total weekly earnings rose in April to $990.46, a new record high and an increase of $21.12 from April 2021. Leisure and hospitality industry weekly earnings also set a new all-time high, rising from $382.92 in April 2021 to $411.31 this month, representing an annual increase of $28.39. Earlier this week, Governor Ivey stopped by Conecuh County to tout the high numbers achieved by the state’s tourism industry.

Payroll and salaried employment increased by 6,000 in April. Monthly gains were seen in the leisure and hospitality sector (+3,200), the manufacturing sector (+2,000) and the public sector (+1,500), among others. Over the year, payroll and salaried employment increased by 42,800, with gains in the trade, transportation and utilities sector (+11,100), the leisure and hospitality sector ( +10,400) and manufacturing (+6,300), among others.

“I can’t tell you the last time I saw a jobs report with so many positives,” said Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “This is great news for Alabama’s economy and especially for our coastal region as we enter peak tourist season. In addition to other records, we also raised wages to a new record, with average weekly wages earning more than $21 over the year.In addition, the leisure and hospitality industry set another record for weekly wages, with an annual increase of more than $28.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 1.4%, Marshall County at 1.5%, and Morgan, Madison, Limestone, Elmore, Cullman, and Blount counties at 1.6 %. The counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 7.7%, Lowndes County at 5.5% and Perry County at 5.4%.

The major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Homewood at 1.1%, Trussville at 1.2%, and Alabaster and Vestavia Hills at 1.3%. The main cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 6.9%, Prichard at 4.5% and Anniston at 4.0%.


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Seasonal adjustment” refers to the BLS practice of anticipating certain workforce trends, such as hiring during vacations or increasing the workforce when students graduate in the spring. , and remove their effects on the civilian workforce.

The Current Population (CPS), or household survey, is conducted by the Census Bureau and identifies members of the labor force and measures the number of people who are working or looking for work.

The Establishment Survey, which is conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a division of the US Department of Labor, polls employers to measure the number of jobs in the economy. This is also called salaried and salaried employment.

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