Alabama Jobless Rate Holds Steady at 6.2 Percent

Alabama’s unemployment rate is holding steady at 6.2 percent.

A statement released Friday by the governor’s office says the state’s jobless rate for February was unchanged from the January rate of 6.2 percent.

That means Alabama’s jobless rate is still well above the national rate, which remained at an eight-year low of 4.9 percent in February. But the administration says it’s still good news that more than 2 million people are employed in the state.

Shelby County in metro Birmingham has the state’s lowest jobless rate at 4.7 percent. Clarke County in southwest Alabama is worst at 12.5 percent.

The unemployment rate in Mobile county for February is 7.3 percent compared 6.9 percent in February 2015.

“No change in the unemployment rate is good news this month,” Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington said in a press release.  “We continue to see high numbers of employed people, which again is topping two million.  We have consistently seen over two million employed people for 21 straight months. Additionally, a high number of people are in the workforce, which tells us that people are confident in the labor market. People haven’t shown this level of confidence in the job market in over three years.”

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