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County unemployment rate is 3.9%

Escambia County’s July 2021 unemployment rate is 3.9 percent, according to the Alabama Department of Labor.

The unemployment rates were released on Aug. 20.

This year’s rate is better than 2020’s July rate of 8.3 percent for the county.

Gov. Kay Ivey and ADL Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate for July is 3.2 percent, down from June’s rate of 3.3 percent and below July’s 2020 rate of 7.4 percent.

“Each month we edge closer and closer to our pre-pandemic unemployment rate,” Ivey said. “Employers have added over 73,000 jobs in the past year, and nearly 83,000 more people are working today than they were last year. Industries that were hit the hardest are seeing employment numbers increase monthly. We’ll keep working as hard as we can to continue this remarkable progress.”

In July 2021, there were 13,289 employed, compared to July 2020’s 13,123 in Escambia County.