Alabama unemployment rate holds steady at 3.1%

Published: Mar. 14, 2022 at 9:35 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 14, 2022 at 9:50 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama’s jobless rate remained unchanged at 3.1% for the fourth straight month in January. The state Department of Labor announced the statistics on Monday.

It says the jobless rate represented 69,141 people without jobs compared to 90,390 in January 2021. That’s when many businesses were trying to return to normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state rate was better than then comparable U.S. unemployment rate of 4% in January.

Shelby County in metro Birmingham had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.2%, and rural Wilcox County was worst at 11.2%.