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Alabama jobless rate matches all-time low of 2.9%


Alabama's unemployment rate is at the lowest it ever was before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The March rate was 2.9%, much lower than the 3.7% it was in March of 2021. It also matches the state's previous record low rate from September 2019.

Shelby County in metro Birmingham had the state's lowest rate at 1.7% while Wilcox County in west Alabama had the highest rate at 8.8%.

The state said the preliminary, seasonally adjusted rate in March was a decline from the 3% rate in February.

Caroline Vincent is a digital producer for Alabama Public Radio.
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