Alabama’s June unemployment rate is 7.8%, according to the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations. This number is up from May’s rate of 7.4%, but significantly lower than June 2011’s rate of 9.3%.
The rate represents a total of 168,775 unemployed persons. Although the unemployment rate did increase, unemployment claims continue to fall. According to officials, compensation claims are down 20% from last year.
Alabama’s online jobs resource, www.joblink.alabama.gov, is consistently updating available jobs in the state. In June, JobLink saw a record of 15,690 jobs available.
Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees says he encourages people to search for jobs through JobLink, and he says the staff working at Career Centers around the state can also help people seeking jobs.