Pike County's unemployment rate for September | News
Governor Robert Bentley announced Friday that Alabama’s preliminary September unemployment rate fell to 8.3%, down from the August rate of 8.5%, and below last year’s rate of 8.8%.
September’s rate represents 177,848 unemployed persons, down from 183,267 last month and 192,667 in September 2011.
“More Alabamians are working this month, and that is certainly good news for the state,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “We still have a long way to go, and I will continue doing everything I can to put Alabamians back to work.”
“This drop in the unemployment rate is more consistent with what we’ve been seeing over the past few months: unemployment claims going down, fewer WARN notices, and record numbers of available jobs,” Alabama Department of Labor Director Tom Surtees said.
The number of initial unemployment claims dropped by 19% from last year. There were 18,525 initial claims in September, compared to 22,890 last year.
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices are required submissions when businesses employing more than 100 are planning a mass layoff or closing. Thus far this year, the state’s Rapid Response unit has received notification of 3,977 layoffs, compared to 14,184 in 2009, the height of the recession. The reduction in these notices indicates that employers are more confident and willing to keep their workforces.
The counties with the lowest unemployment rates were: Shelby County at 5.2%, Coffee County at 6.2%, and Lee, Limestone, and Madison Counties at 6.4%. The counties with the highest unemployment rates were: Wilcox County at 17.8%, Bullock County at 15.4%, and Dallas County at 15.1%.
In Pike County, the unemployment rate for September was 7.4%, down from 8.5% in August and down from 7.9% a year ago.
Source: Press Office for Governor Robert Bentley