Chilton unemployment among the lowest in the state

Published 3:06 pm Monday, October 3, 2022

By JOYANNA LOVE | Managing Editor

Employment continues to increase in Chilton County with only 2.3% unemployment being reported for August.

This was compared to the state’s 2.6%, according to statistics released in September. Last year in August, Chilton County had a 2.9% unemployment rate.

Chilton County was tied with Blount, Limestone and Morgan counties for the third lowest unemployment rate in the state. Shelby County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2%.

The number of those who were unemployed statewide in August reached a record low of 58,958.

“We continue to add jobs to our economy at a good pace,” Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington said. “Right now, there are around two available jobs for every unemployed person. Our construction industry is thriving, and growing construction employment generally tends to predict positive economic growth.”

Chilton County has seen construction action lately as three new businesses were completed recently near Exit 205. Announcements of expansion at West Fraser in Maplesville and a hotel project in Clanton signal more jobs coming to the county. Thorsby has also been getting some business attention as the town is accepting proposals for development of property it owns on Montgomery Avenue.

For adults needing some help getting ready to apply for jobs, the 4-H Tech Changemakers will be at Kelsey’s Place on Oct. 12 from 3:30-5 p.m. with tips on resumes and using online resources. Registration is required by calling 205-299-95748.