Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Alabama’s unemployment rate increased to 7.9 percent in July

The state’s unemployment rate increased from 7.6 percent in June to 7.9 percent in July, according to the Alabama Department of Labor. That’s down from 9.6 percent in May.

July’s rate represents 176,637 unemployed people, compared to 166,668 in June. That compares to a July 2019 rate of 2.8 percent, or 63,414 unemployed people.

“Following several months of unemployment rate decreases, this month we saw a slight increase in our unemployment rate,” said ADL Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “While we can all agree that the economy is definitely recovering, we will continue to have fluctuations as we continue to learn how to navigate in this new pandemic-related reality.”

Nearly 200,000 jobs were lost from March to April, when the most severe layoffs and shutdowns occurred. About half of those have been recovered, Washington said.

The most monthly gains in July were seen in the leisure and hospitality sector, followed by the manufacturing sector, then professional and business services and the education and health services sector.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are:

  • Clay County – 4.8 percent
  • Cullman County – 5.1 percent
  • Shelby, Randolph and Marshall Counties – 5.3 percent

Counties with the highest unemployment rates are:

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
  • Wilcox County – 19 percent
  • Lowndes County – 18.7 percent
  • Dallas County – 14.5 percent

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are:

  • Vestavia Hills – 4.3 percent
  • Madison  – 4.6 percent
  • Homewood – 4.7 percent

Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are:

  • Prichard – 21.2 percent
  • Selma – 17.5 percent
  • Bessemer and Mobile – 14 percent 

Unemployment rates are calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Micah Danney is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

More from the Alabama Political Reporter


But the monthly total of online job ads is down 0.5 percent versus the previous month.


At a recent Board of Veterans Affairs meeting, members questioned Oliver's fitness to serve as House veterans affairs committee chair.


The Legislature in 2021 moved funds originally headed to reimburse counties and municipalities for COVID measures to boost the unemployment fund.


The growth accounts for the steepest single increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate in some time.


This is the first time Alabama has dropped into Schedule A, the lowest tax rate schedule, since 1997.

Featured Opinion

When it comes to COVID and the COVID vaccine, conspiracy theories abound. Which is weird, since reality is sitting right there.


The NFIB Research Center’s latest COVID-19 survey assesses the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on small businesses.


The state's COVID-19 positivity rate has risen at an alarming rate over the past two weeks.