State unemployment up slightly

State unemployment up slightly

Alabama’s unemployment rate rose slightly in the month of July to 7.9%, up from 7.6% in June.

The Alabama Department of Labor released the seasonally-adjusted rate this morning.

“Nearly 200,000 jobs were lost from March to April, when we experienced the greatest shutdowns and layoffs,” said Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “Since then, we’ve recovered approximately half of those jobs.”

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Clay County at 4.8%, Cullman County at 5.1%, and Shelby, Randolph, and Marshall Counties at 5.3%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 19.0%, Lowndes County at 18.7%, and Dallas County at 14.5%.