Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey's office and the Department of Labor reported March’s unemployment rate, showing slight improvement from February and March 2022.

March’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate sits at 2.3%, down from February’s rate of 2.5%, which was the rate from March 2022.

The number of people counted as employed registered 2,236,706 people, a 7,446 increase from last year.

“We’re almost a quarter into 2023, and we are already seeing record-breaking success when it comes to Alabama’s economy,” Ivey said. “We have been enjoying a period of low unemployment, high wages and high jobs count for some time now, and I believe that even greater economic achievements are on their way. We will not back down on our commitment to continue bringing quality, high-paying jobs to Alabama.”

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby County at 1.4%, and Morgan and Cullman Counties at 1.5%. Blount, Elmore, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and St. Clair Counties sit at 1.6%. 

Counties with the highest unemployment rates are Wilcox County at 6.9%, Greene County at 4.4% and Clarke and Dallas Counties at 4.1%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are Hoover, Madison, Trussville, and Vestavia Hills at 1.3%, and Alabaster, Homewood, and Northport at 1.4%. Athens and Prattville sit at 1.6%. 

Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are Selma at 5.3%, Prichard at 3.9%, and Bessemer and Gadsden at 2.9%.

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