County November jobless rate was 3.1%

Published 4:00 pm Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Escambia County’s November unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, according to the Alabama Department of Labor and Statistics.

November’s rate is 0.3 percent lower than October’s, and 0.2 percent higher than the same month’s 2021 rate.

The county’s unemployment rate is 0.4 percent higher than the state’s unemployment rate of 2.7 percent for November. The November rate is preliminary and seasonally adjusted.

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According to the county labor force data, there were 450 people unemployed in November in Escambia County.

“It is encouraging to see that Alabama’s economy is supporting more jobs today than ever in our 203 year history,” said Gov. Kay Ivey in a release. “While we continue maintaining a low unemployment rate, the fact that our businesses are growing jobs is certainly something to be grateful for this holiday season. We will continue working hard to support Alabamians as we weather a challenging national climate.”

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 1.7%, Marshall and Cullman Counties at 1.8% and Morgan and Clay Counties at 1.9%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 8.4%, Perry County at 5.4% and Dallas County at 5.2%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Homewood and Trussville at 1.5%, Vestavia Hills and Madison at 1.6% and Alabaster and Hoover at 1.7%.  Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 6.2%, Prichard at 5.7% and Bessemer at 3.8%.