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Unemployment in Alabama drops to its lowest level

ALABAMA (WHNT) — March unemployment numbers continued to fall, and that’s a record for the state of Yellowhammer.

Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced Friday that the statewide March unemployment rate was 2.9%, matching the lowest level on record, which was last seen in September 2019. figures are preliminary and seasonally adjusted. In comparison, the unemployment rate in February 2022 was 3.0% and at the same time last year the unemployment rate was 3.7%.

The unemployment rate of 2.9% represents 65,485 unemployed Alabamians – the lowest on record – compared to 68,663 in February and 82,443 in March 2021.

Alabama was on a roll as our people were eager to get to work, and the fact that we once again hit our record high unemployment rate is proof of that. We will not let up on our efforts and I am confident that Alabama will continue to move in the right direction thanks to our hardworking men and women. Truly, the best is yet to come.

Governor Kay Ivey

The state saw 9,901 more Alabamians in the workforce, which now stands at just under 2.3 million. An additional 36,734 Alabamians found jobs in March — a total of just over 2.2 million Alabamians are employed statewide.

The largest gains between February and March 2022 were recorded in the public sector (+2,500 jobs), as well as in the construction and leisure/hospitality sectors (+2,200 jobs each).

“We continue to see healthy job growth, with more than 40,000 jobs gained since last year. Wages in several sectors rose again this month, with two sectors hitting an even higher record since last month.

Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor

Between March 2021 and March 2022, jobs in trade, transport and public services increased by 11,900, leisure and hospitality increased by 10,500 jobs and construction by 4,500 jobs.

Statewide, the lowest unemployment rates were reported in Shelby County (1.7%), Cullman County (1.8%) and a three-way tie for third lowest ( 1.9%) shared among three northern Alabama counties: Limestone, Marshall, and Morgan.

The cities with the lowest unemployment rates were scattered across central Alabama: Alabaster and Vestavia Hills (1.4%), Homewood (1.5%), Hoover and Trussville (1.6%).

Wilcox County had the highest county-level unemployment rate (8.8%). Lowndes County followed with 6.5% and Perry County rounded out the top three with 6.3%. Selma had the highest city-wide unemployment rate (6.9%), Prichard followed at 5%, with Anniston rounding out the top three at 4.7%.


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