Archived Story

County jobless rate falls to 7%

Published 2:36pm Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tallapoosa County’s unemployment rate is down 1.9 percent from January 2013 to April 2013, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Labor.

Currently, the county’s unemployment rate is at 7 percent. This number is 0.9 percent less than March 2013’s unemployment rate and 0.5 percent less than April 2012’s unemployment rate.

The statewide rate of unemployment is at 6.9 percent, which is a 0.3 percent decrease from last month’s rate and represents a 0.5 percent decrease from April 2012’s measurements.

Gov. Robert Bentley said the decreasing rate is a sign of encouragement for the state.

“The labor force increased, meaning more people are regaining confidence in the job market,” Bentley said. “Also, the number of people employed increased, meaning more people have jobs, and the number of people who are unemployed decreased.”

From March to April 2013, the number of employed persons in Tallapoosa County increased from 16,130 to 16,432.

At this time last year, the number of employed people in Tallapoosa County was 15,818.

There are 1,229 unemployed people in Tallapoosa County, which is down from 1,375 unemployed people in March 2013.

In March 2012, there were 1,281 unemployed persons.

Tallapoosa County’s figures mirror a statewide increase in employment.

“Like last month, the positives continued to increase for Alabama’s counties,” Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said. “All the counties saw drops in their rates. In addition, we saw an increase of nearly 10,000 jobs in the state, with some industries that had been previously lagging showing some real improvement, like construction.”

Statistics from the current unemployment rate indicates that there are 150,503 unemployed persons in the state, compared to 155,011 last month and 158,749 in April 2012.

Overall, the amount of civilians in Alabama’s labor force is reported to be 2,177,865. This figure is up from last month’s number of 2,164,537 and is nearly 20,000 more than last year’s number of 2,157,873.

The number of people employed increased to 2,027,362, up from 2,009,526 last month and 1,999,124 last year.

“I am encouraged to see these improvements, and I will continue my efforts to recruit more jobs until everyone who needs a job is able to find one,” Bentley said.

Lowndes County experienced the most significant decrease, with unemployment dropping 2.4 percent.

The counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby County at 4.0%, Lee County at 4.9% and Blount County at 5.0%.

Counties with the highest unemployment rates are Wilcox County at 14.8%, Perry County at 11.7% and Dallas County at 11.4%.