Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division

Alabama Labor Market Information Division

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March 2021
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted March 2021
February 2021
United States:

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted March 2021 unemployment rate is 3.8%, down from February’s rate of 4.0%, yet above March 2020’s rate of 2.6%. March’s rate represents 84,670 unemployed persons, compared to 91,041 in February and 57,895 in March 2020. Alabama is comfortably below the national average of 6.0%.

Wage and salary employment increased in March by 9,100 to 2,019,500, the highest recorded level in 2021. The biggest monthly gains were seen in government (+2,000), financial activities (+1,900); and manufacturing (+1,700), among others.

Over the year, wage and salary employment decreased by 50,900 with the biggest losses in leisure and hospitality (-18,000), education and health services (-11,800), and government (-7,300), among others. Annual gains were seen in trade, transportation, and utilities.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby and Cullman Counties at 2.0%, Limestone, Franklin, and Blount Counties at 2.1%, and Marshall and Celburne Counties at 2.2%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 11.6%, Lowndes County at 10.6%, and Perry County at 8.1.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Madison at 1.8%, Alabaster, Homewood, Hoover, and Vestavia Hills at 1.9%, and Athens at 2.1%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Prichard at 10.0%, Selma at 9.4%, and Bessemer at 6.4%.

Unemployment Snapshot

Labor Market Programs and Data

Employment Statistics
Information relating to employment, hours, and earnings estimates for the State of Alabama and employment estimates for the metropolitan areas by detailed industry.

Occupational Safety and Health Statistics
Information relating to occupational illnesses as well as fatal and non-fatal injuries. Statewide and national data is available.

Occupational Statistics
Information relating to the changing workforce in the state. Data include estimated and projected employment with annual average job openings, occupational wages for both the state and metropolitan areas, and a synopsis of information on selected occupations relevant to the state.

Quarterly Employment and Wages
Comprehensive employment and wage data by industry and county and state for workers covered by unemployment insurance laws.

Statistical Bulletin
Information relating to covered employment, unemployment compensation and employment service activities. Data include quarterly and annual covered employment and wages, benefit payments and contributions by industry and county, and applicant and placement data. Select most recent month or historical months.

Unemployment Statistics
Information relating to the labor force, employment, and unemployment for the State of Alabama, metropolitan areas, counties, and cities.

Workforce Development
Information relating to workforce development and reports published in co-operation with our Workforce Development Unit. Census Local Area Dynamics, and Alabama Labor Supply are just some of the options.