Jobless rate in county falls to 5.8%
by Rachel Davis
Dec 21, 2013 | 1432 views | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The newest results released by the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations show Walker County unemployment is at its lowest rate since 2008. The preliminary November rates show Walker County at 5.8 percent unemployment, or 1,565 people who are currently unemployed in the county. The October rate was 6.7 percent unemployed, representing 1,802 people. By comparison, the November rate for last year was 6.6 percent unemployment.

The state’s unemployment rate for November also dipped to 6.2 percent, representing 132,381 unemployed people, down from October’s rate of 6.4 percent.

David Knight, executive director of the Walker County Economic and Industrial Development Authority, said he was excited to see the number of unemployed residents in the county and believes recent local industrial progress may have played a role.

“I think we’ve been lucky. Several of our local companies have expanded and added positions — HTNA, Nitto Denko, Fontaine,” Knight said.

Knight also acknowledged that some of the numbers could have been impacted by temporary, seasonal employment in the retail area, but he still believes it shows a significant long-term improvement as well.

“Hopefully that trend will continue,” Knight said.