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Low Unemployment Across Alabama; Still High for One Gulf Coast City

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WKRG) - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate is holding steady at a record low level.
Gov. Kay Ivey's office says the state's jobless rate was 3.5 percent in December. That's the same as November, when the state matched its all-time low for unemployment.
Ivey's office says the December rate means nearly 2.1 million people were employed in the state. That's the most ever, surpassing the December number by about 45,000 persons.
The new numbers also mean the state employment picture is beating the national average. The U.S. unemployment rate is holding steady at a 17 year-low of 4.1 percent, which is six-tenths of a percent higher than the state rate.
Shelby County in metro Birmingham has Alabama's lowest unemployment rate at 2.5 percent, and Wilcox County in western Alabama is highest at 9.5 percent.

Despite the low unemployment across the state, the jobless remains high for one Gulf Coast city. Prichard had an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent for the month of December. That's the second highest in the state behind Selma. The jobless number fell in Prichard from December of 2016 where it was 10.1 percent.

The jobless rates in Mobile and Baldwin counties were consistent with the state numbers. In Mobile county, the unemployment rate was 4.2 percent and it was 3.3 percent in Baldwin County.


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