MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state says Alabama’s unemployment rate for January declined to 4.3%, the lowest level since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic a year ago.
The rate is still well above the pre-pandemic level of 2.7% of January 2020. But it was better than the revised December unemployment rate of 4.7%. It was also below the U.S. unemployment rate of 6.3% for the month.
Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington says the drop to a new low level of joblessness for the pandemic is encouraging.
Shelby County has the state's lowest jobless rate at 2.3%. Wilcox County is highest at 12.4%.