DALE COUNTY, Ala (WDHN) — The governor’s office is reporting Alabama saw record-high job counts in December while the state’s unemployment rate has slightly risen since November.

According to Gov. Iveys Office, December’s unemployment sat at 2.8%, which shows a slight increase from November’s 2.7%. It is also well below the rates of December 2021, which sat at 3.1%.

Decembers rate represents 63,412 employed persons.

The release also broke down the unemployment rates county by county:

  • Houston County- 2.3%
  • Geneva County-1.9%
  • Dale County- 2.3%
  • Henry County- 2.2%
  • Coffee County- 2.1%
  • Covington County- 2.4%
  • Crenshaw County- 2.1%
  • Pike County- 2.3%
  • Barbour County- 4.1%

Henry County had the most significant drop from 2.6% in November to 2.2% in December, and Geneva County is the lowest in the area with 1.9%.

Enterprise City has a December unemployment rate of 2.2% which is down from November’s 2.3%, and the City of Dothan has a rate of 2.4% which is also down from last month’s 2.5%.

Employed people around the state increased in 2022 by 56,418 to 2,229,259.

The governor’s office is also reporting specific statewide industries are seeing record-high employment numbers. The trade, transportation, and utilities sector is registering employment of 411,700 people. The manufacturing sector has an estimated employment of 272,900 people, a high level since December 2008. And the construction sector, employing around 104,900 people, is at its highest level since November 2008.

Our economy is supporting more jobs than ever before, with the addition of nearly 56,000 jobs since last year.

Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington

The education and health sector also saw an increase of 15,400 people and the professional and business services sector added 12,700 people in December, according to the release.