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December 2023
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted December 2023
November 2023
United States:

Alabama’s labor force participation rate for December increased to 57.2%. The percentage of prime-age workers increased by four-tenths of a percentage point to 78.5% over the year. Prime-age workers are those aged 25-54 years.

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate is 2.6%, up slightly from November’s rate of 2.4%. December’s rate is equal to December 2022’s rate of 2.6%. The rate represents 59,454 unemployed persons, compared to 55,462 in November and 59,986 in December 2022.

The number of people counted as employed increased by 40,194 over the year to a record high of 2,264,098. The civilian labor force also increased to a new record high of 2,323,552, with 39,662 more people joining over the year.

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased by 38,100, reaching a new record high of 2,184,500, with gains in the private education and health services sector (+10,700), the government sector (+6,900), and the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+4,600), among others.

Wage and salary employment increased in December by 300. Monthly gains were seen in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+3,600), the manufacturing sector (+2,800), and the financial activities sector (+1,300), among others.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 1.9%, Morgan, Marshall, and Cullman Counties at 2.1%, and Madison, Limestone, Elmore, Chilton, and Autauga Counties at 2.2%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 9.3%, Greene County at 6.3%, and Dallas County at 5.8%.

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