County unemployment rate dips to 6.5 percent in April
by Patrick McCreless
May 17, 2013 | 3205 views |  0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hundreds more Calhoun County residents had jobs in April than in the previous month.

According to the Alabama Department of Labor, the county's unemployment rate decreased to 6.5 percent in April from 7.1 percent in March. The decrease was due to a gain of 645 employed workers between the two months.

The county's April unemployment rate is slightly lower than the 6.7 percent unemployment rate it had during the same month last year.

The county's job market improvement is in keeping with much of the rest of the state.

Alabama's average unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in April from 7.2 percent in March after a gain of 17,836 jobs.

“Like last month, the positives continued to increase for Alabama’s counties," said Tom Surtees, commissioner for the Alabama Department of Labor in a Friday press release. "All of the counties saw drops in their rates, including a significant drop of 2.4 percentage points in Lowndes County’s rate."

The counties with the lowest unemployment rates were Shelby County at 4.0 percent, Lee County at 4.9 percent and Blount County at 5 percent. Counties with the highest unemployment rates included Wilcox County at 14.8 percent, Perry County at 11.7 percent and Dallas County at 11.4 percent.

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