Chambers Jobless Rate Down to 3.7%
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The unemployment rate in Chambers County fell again in May, reaching 3.7 percent. According to Alabama Department of Labor reports, Chambers County’s jobless rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point from April’s 3.9-percent reading. Only four counties in Alabama had a lower unemployment rate than Chambers. The lower rate reflected a slight decrease in the county’s civilian labor force, a drop of 40 to 15,291, and a slighter decrease in employment, a drop of 8 to 14,725. Unemployment in the county stood at 566 compared to 598 in April.
A year ago, Chambers County had an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent. Neighboring counties also had lower unemployment rates. Lee County was a 3.7 percent, down from 3.8 percent in April; Macon at 5.4 percent, down from 5.5 percent in April; Randolph a 4 percent, down from 4.1 percent; and Tallapoosa, 3.8 percent, down from 4 percent. Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday that Alabama’s unemployment rate in May had fallen to 4.9 percent, down from 5.4 percent the preceding month and 5.8 percent a year ago.
"Over the past three months, our unemployment rate has fallen by an impressive 1.3 percentage points. May's figures represent the lowest unemployment rate in more than nine years and more people working now than in the last 10 years,” Gov. Ivey said. “It is a team effort, and I sure am proud this rate decrease occurred during my first full month in office. We will continue to exhaust every effort and explore every opportunity until every Alabamian who wants a job, has a job.”
The last time Alabama’s unemployment rate was at or below 4.9 percent was March 2008 when it measured 4.8 percent. The last time Current Population Survey (CPS) employment measured at or above 2,089,217 was March 2007, when it was 2,090,126.
“Fifty thousand more people have jobs now than they did last year,” Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington said. “Increased confidence in our economy is evidenced by not only that fact, but also that our employers are reporting the highest wage and salary employment numbers in almost a decade. In fact, this is the fourth highest wage and salary employment count since we started keeping records in 1939.”
Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 3.1 percent, Elmore County at 3.4 percent and Cullman County at 3.5 percent. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are Wilcox County at 10.9 percent, Clarke County at 8 percent and Lowndes County at 7.4 percent.