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Jobless rate up 0.7 percent

Published 7:26pm Friday, March 28, 2014

Unemployment continued to rise at both the county and state level, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Labor.

Tallapoosa County jumped from 8.5 percent in January to 9.2 percent in February.

Alabama’s unemployment rate notched up to 6.4 percent in February from January’s rate of 6.1 percent.

While the state rate still represents an improvement from February 2013’s unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, Tallapoosa County is a full point higher than February’s 2013 rate of 8.2 percent.

In February, 9.2 percent represented 1,588 unemployed persons, up from 1,454 in January.

Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said there are still some positives to the recent labor report.

“Although we saw an uptick in the state’s unemployment rate, we also saw an increase in the number of people working, as well as the number of people in the labor force,” said Surtees. “These indicators, combined with an increase in the number of jobs reported by employers, tell me that more people are out in the workforce – either looking for jobs or working, and that is certainly good news.”

In February, the number of people working in Alabama increased to 1,996,720 from 1,990,938 in January (seasonally adjusted).

The Civilian Labor Force, or people who are either working or actively seeking work, increased to 2,133,976 from 2,121,394 in January (seasonally adjusted).

Tallapoosa County also saw an increase in both the civilian labor force and number of employed persons. The labor force increased from 17,043 in January to 17,188 in February.

There were 11 more employed persons, for a total of 15,600 employed in Tallapoosa County in February.

“Additionally, we continue to see high numbers of jobs posted on JobLink, the state’s free online jobs database, and online ads for jobs statewide top 48,000,” continued Surtees. “Just this week, we announced that we would be offering additional career center services in Lowndes County, which has one of the higher unemployment rates in the state. Hopefully the free services offered there will help the unemployed citizens in that area get back to work.”

There were 18,955 active job orders placed on JobLink in February. The Help Wanted Online (HWOL) data show that 48,213 job ads were placed online in February.

A complete listing of career centers is available at: Counties with lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 5.1 percent, Lee County at 5.9 percent, and Autauga County at 6.3 percent.

Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 16.9 percent, Perry County at 13.3 percent and Dallas County at 13.1 percent.