MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s unemployment rate decreased slightly in March to 2.9%, matching the all-time low from the period before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.

The state says the preliminary, seasonally adjusted jobless rate declined from 3% in February. It was well below the March 2021 rate of 3.7%.

And it matches the state’s previous record low unemployment rate of 2.9% in September 2019.

Here’s a list of March 2022 unemployment rates by county across the Wiregrass:

  • Barbour County: 4.0%
  • Coffee County: 2.2%
  • Covington County: 2.3%
  • Crenshaw County: 2.4%
  • Dale County: 2.3%
  • Geneva County: 2.2%
  • Henry County: 2.5%
  • Houston County: 2.4%
  • Pike County: 2.4%

“At no point in Alabama’s history have we recorded fewer people as unemployed,” Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington said. “Alabamians are working, businesses are hiring, and we are getting back to normal with every passing month.”

Shelby County in metro Birmingham had the state’s lowest jobless rate at 1.7% followed by Cullman County in north-central Alabama at 1.8%. Wilcox County, located in rural west Alabama, had the worst unemployment rate at 8.8%.