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Alabama's Unemployment Rate Remains at Record Low 2.7%

March 27, 2020

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For Immediate Release: March 27, 2020
Alabama’s February Unemployment Rate Remains at Record Low 2.7%

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced today that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate is unchanged at 2.7%, a record low, and well below February 2019’s rate of 3.5%. February’s rate represents 2,184,248 employed persons, up 23,325 over the year.
Wage and salary employment increased in February by 13,000. Monthly gains were seen in the professional and business sector (+5,000), the education and health services sector (+4,200), and the government sector (+3,300), among others. Over the year, wage and salary employment increased by 21,300, with gains in the government sector (+6,600), the education and health services sector (+5,300), and the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+2,800), among others.
Average weekly total private wages increased to $878.55 in February, up from $872.50 in January, and $842.75 in February 2019.
The following sectors saw record high wages in February 2020:
• Trade, transportation, and utilities $728.94
• Financial Activities $1,144.94
• Leisure & Hospitality $336.69
All 67 counties experienced over-the-year rate drops, and 65 of 67 counties saw experienced over-the-month rate drops.
Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 2.1%, Madison County at 2.3%, and Tuscaloosa, Morgan, Marshall, Limestone, and Lee Counties at 2.4%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 8.5%, Clarke County at 5.6%, and Greene County at 5.5%.
Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 1.6%, Homewood, Hoover, and Northport at 1.9%, and Madison at 2.0%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 5.9%, Prichard at 5.8%, and Gadsden at 4.7%.
*NOTE: February’s data will NOT reflect any COVID-19 related layoffs or shutdowns.
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“Seasonal adjustment” refers to BLS’s practice of anticipating certain trends in the labor force, such as hiring during the holidays or the surge in the labor force when students graduate in the spring, and removing their effects to the civilian labor force.
The Current Population (CPS), or the household survey, is conducted by the Census Bureau and identifies members of the work force and measures how many people are working or looking for work.
The establishment survey, which is conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, surveys employers to measure how many jobs are in the economy. This is also referred to as wage and salary employment.
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Members of the media seeking more information should contact Communications Director Tara Hutchison at (334) 309-9014.
An Equal Opportunity Employer / Program
Auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Dial 711 for TTY Accessibility