Unemployment rate remains a record low

August 19, 2022 GMT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s unemployment rate remained at a record 2.6% in July, officials said Friday.

The rate, which remained the same from June, represented 59,419 people without jobs statewide, a new record low, according to a statement by Gov. Kay Ivey. More than 2.2 million people were working in the state, an increase of about 65,475 from a year earlier.

Alabama’s rate was lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 3.6% for the month.

Shelby County, located just south of Birmingham, had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.1%, followed by Cullman and Marshall counties at 2.4%. Located in rural western Alabama, Wilcox County had the state’s highest jobless rate, 11.3%.