MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama's preliminary, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the month of February dropped to 5.8 percent, down from January's 6.0 percent. This rate is also below February's unemployment rate of 7.2 percent from 2014.
Still, Alabama trails the national average, which
, is 5.5 percent. Wage and salary employment is equal to the totals in February 2008. Gains were seen in the leisure and hospitality sector (+8,600), the professional and business services sector (+7,500) and the education and health services sector (+5,900)
"Alabama's February unemployment rate is very good news for our state," Governor Bentley said. "This month's drop contributes to the 15 month trend we've seen with no increase in unemployment."
[DOCUMENT: February County Rates (.pdf)]