WIREGRASS, Ala (WDHN)—This is the fourth month Alabama has stood strong at its record-low unemployment rate of 2.6%!

This statistic represents 59,558 unemployed persons in the state.

In September 2021, the state faced unemployment rates of 3.2%, representing 71, 989 unemployed persons.

According to a release from the governor’s office, over the past year, wage and salary employment has increased by 53,800 persons. This has added major gains to the education, health services, business, and manufacturing sectors.

While we are of course happy to maintain a record low unemployment rate, we’re even more pleased to announce that we are within around 10,000 jobs of beating our previously held jobs count record – set in 2019 – and we saw the largest year-over-year job growth so far in 2022. We’ve added over 50,000 jobs since this time last year, which is remarkable. For months, Alabama has been holding steady on unemployment and increasing our jobs count, and we are hopeful this positive growth will continue.

Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington

The unemployment rates were broken down county by county, with only one Wiregrass county being in the high bracket(4.0%-above) for unemployment. All other Wiregrass Counties were in the lowest bracket (29.%-below).

  • Houston County- 2.5%
  • Henry- 2.6%
  • Dale- 2.5%
  • Geneva- 2.5%
  • Covington- 2.5%
  • Barbour- 4.1%
  • Pike- 2.7%
  • Crenshaw- 2.5%

Larger cities in Alabama were also ranked, with two being in the Wiregrass:

  • Dothan-2.7%
  • Enterprise- 2.7%

The national unemployment rate for September stands at 3.5%.