April un­em­ploy­ment rate up to 9.3 per­cent

Cherokee County Herald - - VIEWPOINTS - From Re­ports

Alabama Depart­ment of In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Di­rec­tor Tom Sur­tees an­nounced re­cently that Alabama’s April 2011 un­em­ploy­ment rate is 9.3 per­cent, up slightly from March’s rate of 9.2 per­cent. The com­pa­ra­ble rate for one year ago was 9.8 per­cent. April’s rate rep­re­sents 199,950 unem­ployed per­sons, com­pared to 195,210 in March and 209,465 in April 2010.

The na­tional un­em­ploy­ment rate for April was 9.0 per­cent, up from 8.8 per­cent in March.

“It ap­pears that Alabama fol­lowed the na­tional trend this month, as we ex­pe­ri­enced a slight in­crease in our un­em­ploy­ment rate. As I’ve noted be­fore, these kinds of mi­nor fluc­tu­a­tions are to be ex­pected as we emerge from a re­ces­sion,” said Sur­tees.

“With that said, Alabama con­tin­ues to see pos­i­tives in our un­em­ploy­ment data, such as the fact that the amount of pay­ments we’re mak­ing is well be­low the lev­els of pre­vi­ous years, as are the num­ber of weeks claimed and weeks com­pen­sated,” con­tin­ued Sur­tees.

The amount of ben­e­fits pay­ments made in April was $28,080,263, com­pared to $38,785,15 in April 2010, $55,151,078 in April 2009, and $23,917,886 in April 2008.

The num­ber of weeks claimed in April was 155,407, com­pared to 206,689 in April 2010 and 286,922 in April 2009. The num­ber of weeks com­pen­sated was 138,274 in April, com­pared to 188,376 in April 2010 and 269,714 in April 2009.

Coun­ties with the low­est un­em­ploy­ment rates were: Shelby County at 6.5 per­cent, Cof­fee County at 7.0 per­cent, and Pike County at 7.2 per­cent. Coun­ties with the high­est un­em­ploy­ment rates were: Wil­cox County at 20.9 per­cent, Perry County at 16.2 per­cent, and Clarke County at 16.1 per­cent.

The April 27 storms will not be re­flected in this un­em­ploy­ment rate. They will be re­flected in May’s rate, which is sched­uled to be re­leased June 17, 2011.

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