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Alabama jobless rate down to 3.9%, lowest point of pandemic

Updated: Jan. 22, 2021 at 9:22 AM CST
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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%

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