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County unemployment decreases

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

Chilton County unemployment was 3.1% for November, down from 4.2% in October.

Chilton county’s rate on unemployment continues to be lower than the state unemployment rate, which was reported as 4.4 % for November on Dec. 18 by the Alabama Department of Labor.

The state rate for November was a decrease from the 5.7 % rate of unemployment reported in October.

“As we are nearing the end of a definitively turbulent year, it’s truly great news to see our unemployment rate drop below 5%,” said Secretary Fitzgerald Washington.  “We’re not where we were prior to the pandemic, and it may take more time to get there, but we’re making progress. We’ve got more people working now than at any time since the pandemic started. We remain dedicated to helping those who were impacted by the pandemic by helping them find jobs or get the training they need to start new careers.”

Across the state, “Wage and salary employment increased in November by 17,200 to 2,052,300, its highest level since April 2020.  Monthly gains were seen in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+8,700), the professional and business services sector (+2,500), and the manufacturing sector (+2,300), among others.”

Nearby Shelby county continues to be one of the state with the lowest reported unemployment rate at 2.5%. The county with the lowest unemployment rate in November was Cullman County at 2.4%.