AL unemployment rate drops to another record low in October

AL unemployment rate drops to another record low in October

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to another record low for the month of October.

According to the governor's office, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 3.6 percent. This rate is down from September's previous record-tying rate of 3.8 percent and well below the October 2016 rate of 6.1 percent.

"We had great news last month when we announced that Alabama's unemployment rate had tied its lowest ever. Today, our news is even bigger! Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped, even more, registering a new record low!" said Gov. Kay Ivey. "What we are doing is working, and as a result, the people of Alabama are working."

October's rate represents 77,358 unemployed persons, the lowest number ever recorded says the governor's office. 2,079,576 people were counted as employed compared to 2,069,094 in September and 2,046,861 in October of 2016.

"As we continue to see our unemployment rate drop, Alabama's businesses continue to hire and support real jobs in our economy," said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. "Our wage and salary employment figures are currently at the third highest level since we began keeping records.  There are nearly 30,000 more jobs today than there were in October of last year. Through job fairs and the services provided at our Career Centers located throughout the state, we are helping employers find the employees they are looking for."

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby County at 2.6 percent, Marshall, Madison, Lee, and Cullman Counties at 3.0 percent, and Tuscaloosa and Elmore Counties at 3.1 percent.

Counties with the highest unemployment rates are Wilcox County at 8.9 percent, Clarke County at 6.6 percent, and Lowndes County at 6.4 percent.

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