April unemployment rate up to 9.3 percent
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.