Alabama unemployment creeps up to 2.7%
Alabama’s unemployment rate in October is 2.7%, up slightly from September’s 2.6% rate but below the October 2021 rate of 3.1%.
“Despite the challenging economic climate nationally, Alabama continues holding steady,” said Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey in a statement. At 2.7%, we are now supporting more jobs than at any point in our state’s history.”
Over the year, wage and salaried employment increased 46,600, with gains in the education and health services sector, the professional and business services sector and the manufacturing sector.
“Alabama experienced remarkable job growth, both over the month and over the year, in October,” said Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “This growth actually set a brand-new record in Alabama for how many jobs our economy is supporting. We have nearly 47,000 more jobs now than we did last year. That’s extremely encouraging.”
Wages in the construction industry, the trade, transportation and utilities industry, as well as the professional and business services industry saw new record highs in October.
Counties with the lowest unemployment rates include:
- Shelby County: 1.8%
- Cullman County: 1.9%
- Marshall County: 2.0%
Counties with the highest unemployment rates include:
- Wilcox County: 9.6%
- Lowndes County: 6.6%
- Perry County: 6.5%.
West Alabama unemployment rates are:
- Bibb County: 2.6%
- Fayette County: 2.7%
- Greene County: 5.5%
- Hale County: 4.5%
- Marengo County: 3.8%
- Perry County: 6.5%
- Pickens County: 3.5%
- Sumter County: 3.4%
- Tuscaloosa County: 2.6%
- Walker County: 2.8%