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Alabama Registers the Highest Unemployment Rate Drop in the Nation in August

September 15, 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2017

Alabama Registers the Highest Unemployment Rate Drop in the Nation in August

MONTGOMERY – According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today, Alabama had the largest unemployment rate decrease in the nation, both over the month and over the year. Alabama’s unemployment rate dropped by 0.3 percentage points from July to August, and 1.7 percentage points from August 2016 to August 2017.

“The news that Alabama experienced the largest rate drop in the country is most welcome,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “We’ve already announced this morning that we’ve got the fewest number of unemployed people in Alabama in a decade and that we are below the national average for the first time in years. We are committed to working with employers and jobseekers to ensure that we continue to put people back to work.”

Over the month changes and over the year changes by state can be found at the following links:

Alabama was also one of only six states to have an increase in wage & salary employment in August 2017. Alabama’s wage and salary employment increased in August by 3,100, rising to 2,004,000.

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