Alabama Jobless Rate Steady at 3.8 Percent

Marco Green
March 14, 2019

During much of the summer and fall, the state's unemployment rate had stayed around 4.6 percent as New Mexico continued to climb out of the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Meanwhile, state officials noted in a release that for eight consecutive months, the number of people counted as employed in Alabama has reached record highs.

Of all North Central Florida counties, Bradford had the lowest unemployment rate whereas Marion had the highest. In January 2019, this number measured 2,123,398, breaking December 2018's revised count of 2,120,769.

About 1,300 of the 5,491 people who applied for unemployment Insurance in January did so specifically because of the shutdown, Johnston said.

The preliminary, seasonally adjusted national jobless rate rose from 3.9 percent to 4 percent in January, compared to 4.1 percent in January 2018. "Employers are hiring in Alabama".

While the size of the labor force remained the same, more people were out of work in January than December 2018. The total number of people applying past year was 4,417, she said.

The agency says the rate marks record low unemployment in Alabama.

Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington says market sectors including construction, manufacturing and information all experienced significant increases from a year earlier.

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 31,500, with gains in the leisure and hospitality sector (+7,600), the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+4,400), and the construction sector (+4,200), among others.

Shelby County led in the lowest unemployment rates in January with 3.2 percent, followed by Marshall and Cullman counties at 3.7 percent, and Tuscaloosa, Morgan, Madison, and Elmore counties at 3.8 percent.

Between January 2018 and January 2019, New Mexico's unemployment dropped.10 percentage point.

"On its face, the idea of a "historically low unemployment rate" sounds like a positive outcome and for current job seekers, it is".

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