Walker County jobless rate edges upward


Walker County's unemployment rate for January was 4.6 percent, up from 3.7 percent in December.

The jobless rate, which was released by Gov. Kay Ivey and on the website for the Alabama Department of Labor on Monday, was  higher than the 3.7 percent posted by the state in January and the 4.1 percent posted nationally. The state rate declined from 3.8 percent in December, while the national rate remained the same. 

Walker County's unemployment rate a year earlier in January 2017 was 5.7 percent. 

An estimated 1,148 county workers out of an estimated civilian labor force of 24,855 were listed as unemployed in January.

Unemployment rates for surrounding counties in January included Winston County, 4.6 percent (up from 3.9 percent in December); Tuscaloosa, 3.8 percent (up from 3.1 percent); Marion, 4.3 percent (up from 3.6 percent); Fayette, 4.6 percent (up from 4 percent); Cullman, 3.5 percent (up from 2.8 percent); Jefferson, 3.9 percent, up from 3.2 percent: and Blount, 3.6 percent, up from 3 percent. 

Walker County was ranked as the 29th highest unemployment out of 67 counties in January, followed by Winston County at 30th place. 

Figures on the Department of Labor's website show that Walker County's 2017 average was 5 percent, with an average of 1,262 workers unemployed out of an average labor force of 25,145 for the year. Winston County's average rate for 2017 was also 5 percent.