Jobless rate up 1.6 percent from May

Published 3:04 pm Friday, July 17, 2015

After dipping below 10 percent for most of this year, Dallas County’s unemployment rate for June rose to 11.4 percent.

The jobless rate increased from 9.8 percent in May but is still less than last June 2013, when the figure stood at 13.2 percent.

The 1.6 percent increase from May to June was the largest percent increase of Alabama’s 67 counties.

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Across Alabama, the unemployment rate held at 6.1 percent in June, unchanged from the prior month.

By comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate in June was 5.3 percent.

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

The Alabama Department of Labor said unemployment increases in the summer aren’t out of the ordinary.

“The June unemployment rate continues to reflect what we saw last month,” Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington said.

“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.”

The Dallas County figures reflect 1,823 individuals out of work who are looking for a job.

All of Alabama’s 67 counties saw increases in unemployment from May but all also have lower rates than those of a year ago.

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

Counties with the highest rates were: Wilcox County at 16.1 percent, Clarke County at 13.7 percent and Lowndes County at 12.7 percent.

Bentley has promised not to accept his salary until the state’s unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.