Montgomery – Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced today that the seasonally adjusted primary unemployment rate for Alabama is 2.6%, unchanged from the revised rate in December 2024 and unchanged from the rate for January 2024. The rate for January is 58,411 jobless compared to 59,986 in December and 60,270 in January 2024.
“I am proud to start 2023 with the unemployment rate still stable in Alabama,” said Governor Ivy. We’ve been enjoying a period of low unemployment, high wages, and high jobs for some time now, and I think more is yet to come. We will not back down from our commitment to continue to provide high-quality, high-paying jobs in Alabama.”
Over the year, wage and salary employment increased by 54,100, with gains in the manufacturing sector (+10,400), the professional and business services sector (+8,700) and the private education and health services sector (+7,500), among other things.
“Plus, we continue to see positive increases in our wages, which means more money in the pockets of Alabamians,” Alabama Secretary of Labor Fitzgerald Washington said. “This month, we reached one of our highest average weekly wages in history.”
Total private wages increased by $30.12/week over the year to $1008.61 in January, marking the third highest weekly wage in history.
The counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 1.8%, Morgan County at 2.0%, and Marshall, Madison, Limestone, and Cullman Counties at 2.1%.
The counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 8.8%, Clark County at 5.9%, and Dallas County at 5.4%.
The major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Homewood at 1.6%, Madison at 1.7%, and Alabaster, Trussville, and Vestavia Hills at 1.8%.
The main cities with the highest unemployment rates are: Selma at 6.4%, Pritchard at 5.2% and Bessemer at 4.2%.