By Todd Stacy, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama’s unemployment rate was 3.1% for the month of September, holding steady from the previous month, the Alabama Department of Labor announced Friday.
September’s rate is well below where it was a year ago when unemployment was 6.7% in September 2020.
The department also said September saw the highest jobs count of the year and a new post-pandemic high for wage and salary employment.
Wage and salary employment grew in September by 17,600, ADOL said, and is up by 63,100 for the year. Average weekly earnings measured $981.73 in September, representing an over-the-year increase of $56.67.
Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 1.8%, Cullman County at 2.0%, and Marshall, Limestone, and Blount Counties at 2.1%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are:Wilcox County at 9.8%, Lowndes County at 7.8%, and Perry County at 7.5%.