State breaks employment records for 4th month

MONTGOMERY - In August, Alabama’s employment rate broke records for the fourth consecutive month, as more Alabamians than ever are working.
The state broke the employment record set in July, with August’s numbers showing that 2.1 million residents were now counted as employed. This figure shows an increase of nearly 7,000 people counted as employed over the one-month period.
Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington discussed the record-breaking gains.
“For four months in a row now, we’ve been breaking employment records,” Washington said. “Thirty-two thousand more Alabamians are working now than this time last year.”
The state’s employment gains, according to Washington, have largely been in the professional and business services, manufacturing and construction sectors.
“Professional and business services employment, which includes high-paying occupations like operations managers, software developers, and more, is at a record high,” said Washington.
The state’s unemployment rate held at  July’s rate of 4.1 percent.
Marion County saw its unemployment rate slip one percentage point as 21 fewer people were registered as unemployed in the county.
According to Department of Labor Communications Director Tara Hutchison, these rates were seasonally adjusted to include teachers returning to work, which means the figures would not show a steep decline due to those seasonal changes.
Marion County was one of the 64 counties that saw either a drop in unemployment rates or no change in the rates in the month of August.
Counties surrounding Marion County had similar unemployment rates, including Franklin (4.0), Winston (4.3), Walker (4.5), Fayette (4.2) and Lamar (4.0).


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