Unemployment levels remained basically unchanged statewide and Elmore County’s unemployment rate is the lowest in the state, according to the Alabama Department of Labor.
Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate remained at a record-low 3.7 percent from February to March is and well below March 2018’s rate of 4 percent.
Elmore County’s unemployment rate tied for the lowest in the state with a quartet of other counties at 3.3 percent.
“We’re seeing great growth in some of our high-wage sectors,” ADL Secretary Fitzgerald Washington said in a release. “Building construction employment has increased by nearly 11 percent over the year and aerospace parts and manufacturing is right behind it with more than 10-percent growth.”
Building construction employment increased to 21,200 in March while aerospace products and parts manufacturing employment increased to 13,100.
Construction sector weekly earnings showed tremendous growth over the month, rising to a record high of $1,010.21, representing a $61.39 increase from February and marking the first time in history this sector’s average earnings exceeded $1,000.
The number of people counted as employed in Alabama is at a record high, Washington said.
“More people are working now than ever before in Alabama’s history,” he said. “Employers are continuing to post jobs, companies are moving operations and our existing businesses are expanding.”
In March, 2.132 million people were counted as employed, up from 2.127 million in February and up 28,953 from 2.103 million in March 2018, the ADL said.
March’s rate represents 82,368 unemployed persons compared to 82,247 in February and 88,723 in March 2018, the ADL said.
According to the state:
• Tallapoosa County’s unemployment rate in March was 4.1 percent, incrementally better than the 4.2-percent rate in February and in March 2018.
• Coosa County’s unemployment rate decreased from 4 percent in February to 3.9 percent in March and is better than the 4.3-percent rate in March 2018.
Statewide, wage and salary employment increased over the year by 33,200. Sectors showing the most over-the-year growth were leisure and hospitality (+5,900), professional and business services (+5,600) and manufacturing (+4,700).
Monthly gains were seen in the leisure and hospitality sector (+3,400), the construction sector (+2,500) and the professional and business services sector.
Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby (2.8), Marshall (3.2) and Morgan, Madison and Elmore (3.3). The highest unemployment rates are in Wilcox (8.4), Lowndes (7.6) and Clarke (6.5).