Unemployment percentage at pre-COVID levels


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Unemployment is determined by the number of residents in an area without a job and looking for work divided by the total number of area residents in the labor force.

In the case of the coronavirus pandemic, and the great recession starting in 2007, this can cause unemployment numbers to be high.

Dothan is recovering from the impact of the coronavirus and is now between three and 4% unemployment, which is lower than the national average, which according to the National Conference of State Legislatures is 5.4%.

“Now things are leveling off and the county is at 3.3 percent,” Project Manager of the Dothan Area Chamber Of Commerce, Steve Turkoski said. “The M-S-A, the Metropolitan Statistical Area [MSA] is at 3.2 percent and the state is also.”

The MSA consists of three counties around Alabama: Houston, Geneva, and Henry counties.

This is calculated because about 17,000 people commute into the Dothan area to work daily, according to the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce.

However, there are scenarios where people stop looking for work, most recently, due to stimulus checks from the government or hardships brought on by the great recession or Coronavirus pandemic.

“We had a situation like that some months ago where the number of people employed dropped, but the labor force actually dropped,” said Turkoski. “So a lot of people just weren’t looking for work anymore.”

If you need help getting a job, there’s plenty of resources to assist you. But there is one place you can start, and that’s the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce.

“If they have any question at all about how to hook up with any of these people, they can call us and we will tell them,” Turkoski said.

The number for the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce is (334) 792-5138 if you need any assistance.

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