County sees slight increase in unemployment rate

Published 2:06 pm Friday, December 29, 2017

Alabama continues to set records when it comes to the state’s unemployment rate, as it dropped from 3.6 percent in October to 3.5 percent in November.

“It was just last month when we reached the extraordinary milestone of breaking all previous unemployment rate records, but now just a month later the trend continues and we have once again broken those records,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a press release. “This continued historic decline in our unemployment rate, coupled with the fact that Alabama’s businesses are employing more Alabamians than ever before, shows that we are truly moving forward and proving to everyone that Alabama is a great place to live and do business.”

Despite the state continuing to drop, Chilton County saw a slight increase in the unemployment rate from 3.1 percent in October to 3.3 percent in November.

Shelby County had the lowest unemployment rate for November at 2.6 percent, while Wilcox County was the highest at 9.3 percent.

“All 67 counties experienced significant drops in their unemployment rates over the year,” said Fitzgerald Washington, secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “Wilcox County, which traditionally has the highest unemployment rate in the state, has seen its rate drop by 5.7 percentage points since last year.  2017 marks the first time in a decade that all counties’ unemployment rates have been in the single digits.”

Only nine counties in the state posted a lower percentage of unemployment for the month than Chilton County. They included Autauga, Blount, Cullman, Elmore, Lee, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Shelby.

The numbers do not lie, and Alabama continues to make history in terms of the numbers of people employed.

Getting to this point is something that has been building over the past year.

November’s numbers are drastically less than a year ago, when the state unemployment rate was 6.2 percent.

Chilton County’s rate was 2 percent less than 2016.

The national unemployment rate remained the same from October to November, as it held steady at 4.1 percent.