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Hartselle Enquirer

Alabama’s February unemployment rate is 3 percent  

Special to the Enquirer  

Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced this past week that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally-adjusted February unemployment rate is 3 percent, down from January’s rate of 3.1 percent and below February 2021’s rate of 3.8 percent.  

February’s rate represents 68,703 unemployed people, compared to 69,125 in January and 85,058 in February 2021.  

According to the ADOL, this represents the lowest level of unemployment since November 2019, when it measured 70,176. 

For Morgan County, the February unemployment rate came in under the statewide rate at 2.4 percent. According to the ADOL, those rates account for 1,436 people unemployed in the county in February.  

“We’re excited to see a drop in our unemployment rate after holding steady for the past five months,” said Washington. “In February, our civilian labor force increased, employment increased and unemployment dropped to its lowest level since November 2019. These are great numbers, and we’re hopeful we will only see them improve as the year progresses.”
The civilian labor force increased by 10,018 over the month to 2,260,361. The number of people counted as employed rose by 25,456 over the year to 2,191,658, marking the first time the employment count surpassed 2,190,000 since January 2020.
“We had some pretty good news on the wage front as well,” continued Washington. “Our total private weekly wages hit its second highest point at $984.56, which is $62.93 more per week than last year. Three sectors hit new record highs, each with yearly increases of more than $100 per week.”
The construction sector, the professional and business services sector and the educational and health services sector all attained new record-high weekly wages, with yearly increases of $166.69, $125.31 and $104.85, respectively.
Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby County at 2.1 percent, Cullman County at 2.2 percent and Marshall and Limestone Counties at 2.3 percent.  

Counties with the highest unemployment rates are Wilcox County at 10.5 percent, Lowndes County at 7.9 percent and Perry County at 7.7 percent.