MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s unemployment rate is holding steady at 6.2 percent.
Labor statistics released by the governor’s office on Friday show the state labor force grew by 10,200 jobs to 2.2 million in March. That’s an improvement both from the previous month and a year before.
But the gain wasn’t enough to reduce Alabama’s unemployment rate, which remains above the national rate of 5 percent.
Shelby County in suburban Birmingham has the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.6 percent. Wilcox County in rural western Alabama is worst with a jobless rate of 13.9 percent.
The unemployment rate in Mobile County is down to 7 percent from 7.3 percent in February 2016.
“Alabama’s unemployment rate continues to hold steady, all the while showing labor force and employment growth,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “The growth is very encouraging, as we continue to see higher numbers of people working than we have in nearly eight years. Employers are hiring in Alabama, and we have a workforce ready for a job. Our efforts will continue to put Alabamians back to work.”