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Slight uptick in Chambers County unemployment

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The unemployment
rate in Chambers County
rose slightly in the month
of May. The increase in
unemployment was not
limited to the local area,
but showed as a statewide
trend in the month of
March.
According to the
Alabama Department of
Labor, Chambers County
saw its unemployment rate
rise to 3.8% in the month
of May. That number was
up from a rate of 3.5% in
the month of April. The
report indicates that there
were 584 individuals in
Chambers County in May
who were seeking employ-
ment, but unable to locate
employment. The number
was up from 532 claims in
the month of April.
Despite the rise in
unemployment claims in
May, Chambers County
still saw its average lower
than the statewide aver-
age, which was reported
at 3.9%. The state unem-
ployment rate rose slightly
from 3.8% in the month
of April. Statewide there
were 85,634 individu-
als out of working and
actively seeking employ-
ment. In the month of
April there were 83,151
claims statewide.
The lowest unemploy-
ment rate in the state was
in Shelby County located
south of Birmingham.
Shelby County saw its
unemployment rate rise
to 2.7% from 2.6% the
month before. The county
which has the highest av-
erage income in the state
of Alabama saw 3,042
individuals without work
in the month of May.
The highest unemploy-
ment rate in the state was
in Wilcox County located
in Alabama’s blackbelt
just west of Montgomery.
Wilcox County which is
seen as one of the poor-
est counties in the state
of Alabama with 31.9%
of the population esti-
mated by the United State
Census Bureau to live at
or under the poverty level