February 2021 unemployment map

Image from the Alabama Department of Labor. 

The Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) has released another report for the state's unemployment rate, showing a drop from 4.3% in January 2021 to 4.0% in February 2021.

The rate represents 91,065 unemployed persons, compared to 97,725 in January and 58,639 in February 2020, the report says. 

“The unemployment rate continues to drop and is getting closer to the lows we enjoyed pre-pandemic," said ADOL Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. "While this is good news, the number of unemployed people is still higher than last year.

"Employment assistance is the key to helping reduce this number and the Alabama Career Center System can help. There are 52 locations around the state that can help the unemployed and the underemployed.”

Though Selma remains among the highest in unemployment, the rate has dropped from 10.9% to 10.3%. Dallas County is at 8.2%, while Wilcox County is at 11.7%, Lowndes County at 11.6%, and Perry County at 9.0%. 

“As COVID cases go down and vaccinations increase, we hope to see improvements in all industries," Washington further states. "In addition, as travel picks up and thoughts turn to vacations, the leisure and hospitality industry should see their numbers looking even better.”

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