MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s unemployment rate is down slightly to 6.1 percent.
The governor’s office released a statement Friday saying the April jobless rate declined one-tenth of a percent from the March rate of 6.2 percent.
Wage and salary employment increased by 16,500 jobs in April, with the largest number of jobs coming in the trade, transportation and utilities sector. The professional and business services sector added another 3,500 jobs.
Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington says the economic numbers are promising. He says more people are looking for work and actually working than any other time in 2016.
“Every aspect of this month’s jobs data reflects positively on Alabama’s economy,” Governor Robert Bentley said in a press release. “More people are working and more jobs are filled. In fact, we are supporting almost 100,000 more jobs now than we were at the height of the recession. We are continuously working to keep that momentum going, with events like last week’s huge job fair in Birmingham that drew more than 5,000 job seekers.”
The state’s jobless rate remains well above the national rate of 5 percent, however.
Alabama unemployment is worst in Wilcox County at 12.8 percent. Shelby County has the state’s lowest job rate at 4 percent.
Mobile County saw a fall in the unemployment rate down to 6.2-percent from 7-percent last month. However, the 6.2-percent rate is the same as last year (April 2015).
Baldwin County is below the national average at 4.8-percent and down from 5.6-percent in March.