Almost 100 new unemployment claims were filed in Dallas County last week, according to weekly numbers released by the Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) on Thursday afternoon.
During the week of June 25, 195 unemployment claims were filed in the county compared to 291 in the previous week, which represented an increase of 50 compared to the numbers reported during the week of June 11.
Dallas County started in July with a downward trend, dropping from 279 during the last week of June to 249 during the first week of July; the following week, the numbers dropped to 241 before rising to 291 during the week of June 18.
Neighboring counties, meanwhile, have had mixed results for several weeks.
Autauga County saw only a modest increase in new unemployment claims, with 173 last week compared to 172 in the previous week, while Lowndes County saw its second consecutive week of declining numbers, with 45 new claims filed last week compared to 58 the previous week and 62 during the week of June 11.
Similarly, Marengo County saw its numbers drop in the most recent report, up to 47 last week from 73 the previous week, as did Perry County, dropping to 41 new complaints last week from 58 the previous week, and Wilcox County, which dropped from 66 during the week of June 18 to 50 in the most recent report.
At the state level, more than 5,000 new unemployment claims were filed last week compared to the previous week – the latest numbers show that 17,439 Alabamians filed for unemployment benefit last week compared to over 23,600 in the previous week.
More than 15,400 of the complaints filed last week were related to the growing COVID-19 pandemic.
The unclassified sector continues to be the hardest hit, making up 7,700 of last week’s new complaints, followed by the manufacturing sector, which lost more than 2,000 jobs last week, as well as the housing and restaurant services sector, the sector. of remediation services, the retail sector and the health and social care sector, each of which made up over 1,000 of the requests made last week.