Alabama unemployment rate holds steady at 3.8 percent

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Alabama’s unemployment rate held steady in January at 3.8 percent for the eighth consecutive month.

“People are working in Alabama. Employers are hiring in Alabama,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “We continue to report record numbers of people with jobs, and we are seeing fewer and fewer people counted as unemployed, which is what we like to see.”

The number of people counted as unemployed in January measured 83,406, which is the third lowest count in history. Just one year ago, this number measured 86,250.

“While maintaining our record low unemployment rate, we’ve also seen some great over-the-year growth in some of our high wage industries,” continued Washington. “Both the construction, information, and manufacturing sectors saw significant increases from January 2018 to January 2019.”

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are:

  • Shelby County: 3.2%
  • Marshall and Cullman Counties: 3.7%
  • Tuscaloosa, Morgan, Madison, and Elmore Counties: 3.8%

Counties with the highest unemployment rates are:

  • Wilcox County: 10.5%
  • Lowndes County: 8.2%
  • Clarke County: 7.9%

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are:

  • Homewood: 2.7%
  • Vestavia Hills: 2.9%
  • Alabaster: 3.0%

Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are:

  • Selma: 8.8%
  • Prichard: 7.5%
  • Anniston: 6.1%