Alabama’s jobless rate holds steady at record low 3.7 percent

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Alabama’s jobless rate did not budge in February.

State labor officials said Alabama’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in February, unchanged from January’s record low. The month saw strong job gains in education and health care, government and professional and business services.

“The fact that we are able to maintain our record low unemployment rate for yet another month shows that we are, in fact, keeping Alabamians working,” said Governor Kay Ivey. “Once again, we can announce that we have the fewest number of unemployed people in history.  More people are working, and our economy is adding jobs.  This is a combination I’m proud of, and one we hope to maintain for many more months to come.”

Alabama Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington said the state has maintained a wage and salary employment count of over two million for eleven months in a row.

“Not long ago, we were looking forward to just attaining that ‘magic number.’ We are consistently adding jobs to our economy.  These numbers show that employers are confident in the economy and are continuing to hire.”

Alabama unemploymentCounties with the lowest unemployment rates are:

  • Shelby County: 3.1%
  • Cullman County: 3.6%
  • Marshall, Madison, and Blount Counties: 3.7%

Counties with the highest unemployment rates are:

  • Wilcox County: 10.5%
  • Clarke County: 8.0%
  • Lowndes County: 7.4%

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are:

  • Vestavia Hills: 2.6%
  • Homewood: 2.9%,
  • Alabaster and Hoover: 3.0%

Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are:

  • Prichard: 7.5%
  • Selma: 7.2%
  • Anniston: 6.5%
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