Alabama’s July unemployment numbers tick up to 7 percent

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. –The Alabama Department of Labor has released the July 2014 unemployment data. Those numbers show Alabama’s unemployment rate has increased to 7.0 percent, up from 6.8 percent in July.

However, wage and salary employment did increase by 19,400 over since the same time last year.

“An increase of nearly 20,000 jobs since last July is something that we are proud of,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “A large number of those jobs are the manufacturing sector, which tend to be higher paying jobs. Additionally, we continue to see tens of thousands of jobs being advertised throughout the state, which means employers are hiring. Our efforts will continue until every Alabamian who wants a job has the opportunity to have a job.”

Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington added, “It is not uncommon in the summer months to see the unemployment rate rise because school employees aren’t working during these months…This is proven out in our wage and salary data this month, which shows the largest decrease in jobs came from the local education sector.”

Here’s the breakdown of the preliminary July 2014 numbers for north Alabama:

Colbert — 9.3
Cullman — 6.3
DeKalb — 9.4
Franklin — 9.4
Jackson — 7.5
Lauderdale — 7.9
Lawrence — 9.8
Limestone — 6.7
Madison — 6.7
Marshall — 7.1
Morgan — 7.5

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