STRONG Cullman Unemployment Rate 2nd Lowest In Alabama

by | Jul 21, 2017 | City News, County News, Cullman, Cullman City, Get Smart, Good Hope, Hanceville

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Cullman Unemployment Rate 2nd Lowest In Alabama … Strong Performance, Even After Losing 325 Total Jobs in June

The Alabama Department of Labor (Labor Market Information Division) is showing in their June 2017 Preliminary Unemployment rate statistics that Cullman has a non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of only 4.6%.

This ranks Cullman County tied as the 2nd most employed county in the state in Alabama.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby at 3.8 percent, Cullman, Baldwin and Elmore at 4.3 percent, and Marshall at 4.5 percent.

Counties with the highest unemployment rates are Wilcox at 13.5 percent, Clarke at 10.6 percent and Perry at 10.2 percent.

Cullman’s civilian workforce ADDED 258 new jobs in June compared to May 2017, and 362 since May 2016.

There is a downside however.

Interestingly, Cullman LOST 67 total jobs from May 2017 to June 2017. This seeming anomaly is due to 325 non-civilian jobs being lost.

This loss is reflected in the total number of people in Cullman on the unemployment rolls of 1,656  in June 2017 versus 1.331 in May 2017. This caused a net INCREASE of 0.8% in Cullman’s unemployment rate from 3.5% in May to now 4.3% in June.

Governor Kay Ivey along with Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted June employment rate for the state of Alabama is down.

According to Ivey’s office, June’s rate of 4.6 percent is down from May’s rate of 4.9 percent. It is also significantly lower than June 2016 which was a rate of 5.8 percent.

Governor Ivey was understandably proud saying:

“Alabama’s unemployment continues to drop, and our economy continues to add jobs.  As of now, we are only two-tenths of a percentage point away from catching up to the national unemployment rate. Even though our numbers are improving, I continue to pledge to work even harder to make sure that any Alabamian who wants a job can find one.”

In June, 100,376 people were unemployed in Alabama. This compared to 107,223 in May and 125,000 in June 2016.

Secretary Washington was equally enthusiastic and backed up Ivey:

“For the third month in a row, we can report that our wage and salary employment is topping two million jobs.  This has been a milestone we’ve strived to reach for years, and is an excellent indicator of economic health. We’ve added 46,100 private sector jobs since January, and our over the year job growth rate was 1.8 percent, the highest it’s been in 11 years!”

Cullman County

image by Mae’s Food Hall & Governor Kay Ivey

STRONG Cullman Unemployment Rate 2nd Lowest In Alabama

Timothy Collins

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