MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state says Alabama’s unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in December, the lowest point since the coronavirus pandemic began ravaging the state’s economy.
The monthly jobless rate declined by one-half percent from November’s rate of 4.4%. But it was still well above the December 2019 number of 2.7% even with the improvement.
Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington says there's still a lot of work to be done in restoring the state's job base.
Cullman County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.1%, followed by Franklin, Marshall and Shelby counties at 2.2%. Wilcox County in rural western Alabama was highest with a jobless rate of 10.6%.