Alabama unemployment rate remains unchanged in March

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The Alabama unemployment rate held steady in March Governor Robert Bentley‘s office announced Friday.

Job figures released Friday show the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.2 percent remained unchanged from February.

“Alabama’s unemployment rate continues to hold steady, all the while showing labor force and employment growth,” Governor Bentley said. “The growth is very encouraging, as we continue to see higher numbers of people working than we have in nearly eight years. Employers are hiring in Alabama, and we have a workforce ready for a job.  Our efforts will continue to put Alabamians back to work.”

The Civilian Labor Force, which represents those persons 16 and older who are working or actively seeking work increased to 2,176,457 in March. The last time the number of people working was equal to or above 2,042,177 was in August 2008. Despite the improvement, the state’s unemployment rate remains above the national rate of 5 percent.

“The number of jobs our economy is currently supporting is extremely encouraging – we’re less than 8,000 jobs away from meeting economists’ predictions for job growth in 2016, and we’re only three months into the year!” Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington said.

Of Alabama’s 67 counties, 64 counties experienced an unemployment rate decrease in March. The three counties that saw no change in the unemployment rates are: Lee, Macon. and Tuscaloosa counties.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 4.6 percent, Elmore County at 5.2 percent, and Cherokee County at 5.3 percent.

Major Alabama cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 3.9 percent, Homewood and Hoover at 4.4 percent, and Alabaster at 4.6 percent.

Check out the unemployment data by county here.

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