Unemployment drops in Walker, Winston

By ED HOWELL
Posted 5/18/19

Walker County's unemployment rate fell from 4.1 percent in March to 3.6 percent in April, while Winston County went from 4.2 percent to 3.9 percent. The jobless figures were released on Friday …

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Unemployment drops in Walker, Winston

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Walker County's unemployment rate fell from 4.1 percent in March to 3.6 percent in April, while Winston County went from 4.2 percent to 3.9 percent. 

The jobless figures were released on Friday by the Alabama Department of Labor.

Alabama saw it's seasonally adjusted unemployment rise in April from 3.7 percent to 3.8 percent, while the national seasonally adjusted rate declined from 3.8 percent to 3.6 percent. 

Walker County had a total estimated 919 workers of its 25,652 civilian labor force listed as unemployed in April, while in Winston County that amounted to 383 of its labor force of 9,845 workers. 

The rates for both counties a year earlier was 3.7 percent, while in April 2018 it was 3.9 percent for the U.S. and 4.1 percent for the state. 

Meanwhile, the unemployment for surrounding counties in April included the following: Blount, 2.9 percent (down from 3.4 percent in March); Cullman, 3 percent (down from 3.4 percent), Fayette, 3.6 percent (down from 3.9 percent), Jefferson, 3.2 percent (down from 3.9 percent); Marion, 4 percent (down from 4.3 percent); and Tuscaloosa, 2.9 percent (down from 3.4 percent). 

Out of 67 counties, Walker County ranked 35th highest in unemployment in the state, while Winston ranked the 23rd highest. Shelby County was the lowest at 2.4 percent, followed two places down by Tuscaloosa; Blount was eighth lowest and Cullman was 10th lowest. 

Fayette County was 33rd highest, while Marion was 22nd highest in the state. 

Of all the counties in the state, only Greene County saw its rate increase in April, the state Department of Labor said in a release on Friday.