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Alabama's March unemployment rates show slight improvement

Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey's office and the Department of Labor reported March’s unemployment rate, showing slight improvement from February and March 2022.

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Workforce participation rate eases up two-tenths of a percent, as unemployment rate drops to 2.5%

Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey's office and the Department of Labor reported February's job data with slight improvements in the labor force participation and unemployment rates.

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Alabama’s unemployment, labor force participation rates remain unchanged in January

The January unemployment rate in Alabama remained unchanged from December at 2.6%, and the labor force participation rate in January also remained unchanged at 56.7%, according to workforce statistics released by the Alabama Department of Labor on Monday.

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Alabama’s labor force participation rate stagnant at 56.8%, unemployment rate at 2.8% in December

The unemployment rate in Alabama ticked up slightly from November to 2.8% and the labor force participation rate declined slightly from November to 57% in December, according to workforce statistics released by the Alabama Department of Labor on Friday.

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Alabama Dept. of Labor paid inmates, dead people unemployment claims during pandemic, audit says

The Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) paid out unemployment insurance claims to dead people, inmates, and multiple addresses with 20 or more claimants during the pandemic, according to an audit released Friday.

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Alabama workforce participation rate continues to struggle as unemployment remains stagnant

On Friday, the Ivey administration's Department of Labor released workforce statistics for November, showing little to no change from October.

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Alabama unemployment rate ticks up to 2.7% as workforce participation rate struggles continue

On Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey's office revealed Alabama's October seasonally adjusted labor force numbers, which showed the state's unemployment rate at 2.7%, up from September's number of 2.6%.

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Dr. Daniel Sutter: Alabama’s workforce participation issue

America’s labor force participation rate has fallen for two decades, with large drops during the Great Recession and COVID-19 pandemic. Alabama’s rate trails the national average, potentially hamstringing our economy.

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Alabama's low labor participation rate continues to drop as unemployment rate remains flat at 2.6%

Despite the unemployment rate holding steady, the state's labor force participation rate continues to fall, dropping from 57.6% in August to 57.1% in September, which is significantly lower than the national average of 62.3%.

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Lawsuit over COVID unemployment overpayments appealed to Alabama Supreme Court

A lawsuit against Alabama Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington over the handling of COVID-19 unemployment benefits is now being appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court after it was dismissed in August.

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Alabama unemployment rate remains 2.6%; Labor participation stagnant at 57.6% – 'Two available jobs for every unemployed person'

The Ivey administration revealed Alabama's August unemployment rate remained at 2.6%, down from 3.3% a year ago, with an unemployment count of 58,958, down from 59,359 in July and 74,505 a year ago.

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Despite record low unemployment, Alabama ranks among worst states for labor participation, new Fed data says

According to new statistics from the Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) for July 2022, Alabama had the sixth lowest labor participation rate in the country, despite recently announcing record unemployment.

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Alabama workforce reaches record high; Unemployment rate remains at record low 2.6%

Governor Kay Ivey announced on Friday that Alabama's unemployment rate had held steady at its record low of 2.6% for the month of July.

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Alabama Department of Labor overpaid unemployment recipients by more than $164 million in 2020-21

According to recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Alabama overpaid unemployment compensation benefit recipients by more than $164 million in 2020 and 2021.

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Ivey announces a new state record all time low unemployment rate

“For the third consecutive month, Alabama has set a record-low unemployment rate," announced Gov. Kay Ivey (R).

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Alabama unemployment rate drops to new low

“Yet again, we’re breaking records that were set only a month ago," said Gov. Kay Ivey. "We’re nearly a full percentage point below the nation’s unemployment rate, we’ve been consistently ranked as the having the lowest unemployment rate in the southeast, and our wages are growing at a remarkable pace.”

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State sets new record unemployment rate

“The people of Alabama want to work, plain and simple, and that combined with our efforts helped us reach the lowest unemployment rate in our state’s history, yet again,” said Governor Ivey.

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Congressmen blast Biden for disappointing jobs report; Biden is proud of numbers

The U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday released a jobs report that, while showing job growth, failed to meet...

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Inflation soars in November

By Brandon Moseley On Friday, economists confirmed what most consumers already knew: inflation soared in the month of November. Prices...

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Moore, Brooks, and Palmer blame Biden for lackluster jobs report

By Brandon Moseley The U.S. Department of Labor released the November jobs report Friday and while the economy grew jobs, it failed...

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Alabama businesses struggling to find workers: Tips for employers to avoid ‘The Great Resignation’

By Nicole Allshouse Ky Gregory is an Alabama business owner. For the past 12 years, he has run Southern Precision Staffing. Essentially,...

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Online job ads spike as staff dwindles for Alabama businesses

By Craig Monger Staffing shortages in the state of Alabama have caused a dramatic uptick in online advertisements for jobs across the...