The rate represents a record low, but it could be adjusted later as more concrete data becomes available.
“We have been working hard for months to bring quality, high-paying jobs to Alabama, and we’re putting our people back to work,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a news release. “We will continue this work in 2018, and we hope to maintain these fantastic numbers.”
Northport was among the major cities with the lowest unemployment rate at 2.9 percent. Other major cities with the lowest jobless rates included Vestavia Hills at 2.5 percent, Homewood and Hoover at 2.8 percent and Alabaster at 2.9 percent. The city of Tuscaloosas jobless rate was 4.5 percent.
Wilcox County has the state’s worst employment picture with a jobless rate of 10.4 percent.
Fitzgerald Washington, secretary of the state Department of Labor, was also pleased with the statewide numbers.
“We are still in an extremely good place. It was recently announced that our yearly average unemployment rate in 2017 dropped more than any other state in the country. Our wage and salary employment continues to show yearly increases, and all 67 counties have experienced significant yearly drops in their unemployment rates, some as high as 4.9 percentage points,” Washington said.
Januarys numbers mean that 80,841 were unemployed and 2,079,871 were employed in Alabama.
New Jerseys jobs market grew in January, following positive results for 2017, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The department said Monday that data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated the state added 13,000 nonfarm jobs for the first month of the year, while the unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent.
For the month, most of the jobs added came in the private sector, with six of nine major job sectors posting gains.
The leisure and hospitality sector posted a loss of 2,600 jobs, while the manufacturing and other services sectors were unchanged.
The DOL said the state added 43,400 jobs for all of 2017, an increase from the previously reported estimate of 22,900 jobs gained for the year.
For the December 2016 to December 2017 period, five of the nine major sectors added jobs:
The financial activities sector was unchanged year-over-year. Public-sector employment grew by 500 jobs for the year.