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March 2024
Unemployment Situation
Seasonally Adjusted March 2024
February 2024
United States:

Alabama’s labor force participation rate for March held steady at 57.4%. The percentage of prime-age workers increased by two-tenths of a percentage point to 78.9% over the month. Over the year, this number increased by one and a half percentage points from 77.4%. Prime-age workers are those aged 25-54 years.

Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 3.0%, unchanged from February 2024’s revised rate and above March 2023’s rate of 2.3%. The rate represents 70,894 unemployed persons, compared to 69,057 in February and 52,332 in March 2023.

The number of people counted as employed increased by 21,335 over the year to 2,260,786. The civilian labor force also increased to 2,331,680, with 39,897 more people joining over the year.

Over the year, wage and salary employment increased by 38,900 to 2,187,200, with gains in the private education and health services sector (+10,500), the government sector (+9,300), and the manufacturing sector (+7,200), among others.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 2.3%, Morgan, Marshall, and Cullman Counties at 2.5%, and Madison, Limestone, Elmore, and Autauga Counties at 2.6%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 8.8%, Perry County at 6.0%, and Greene County at 5.9%.

Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 2.0%, Alabaster, Homewood, and Madison at 2.1%, and Hoover and Trussville at 2.2%. Major cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 6.5%, Prichard at 5.7%, and Bessemer and Mobile at 4.3%.

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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.

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Quarterly Employment and Wages
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