Dallas County and Selma show improvement, Alabama’s February unemployment rate remains at record low

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Alabama unemployment remains at record low while both Dallas County and Selma show improvement.
Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced Friday, March 27 that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate is unchanged at 2.7 percent, a record low, and well below February 2019’s rate of 3.5 percent.
All 67 counties experienced over-the-year rate drops, and 65 of 67 counties saw experienced over-the-month rate drops.
According to the latest numbers (not including coronavirus layoffs or shutdowns) Dallas County’s February 2020 preliminary unemployment rate of 5.1 percent was an improvement of .4 percent over January 2020’s revised rate of 5.5 percent and a full 2 percent better than February 2019’s revised rate of 7.1 percent.
Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 2.1 percent, Madison County at 2.3 percent, and Tuscaloosa, Morgan, Marshall, Limestone and Lee Counties at 2.4 percent. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 8.5 percent, Clarke County at 5.6 percent, and Greene County at 5.5 percent.
Major cities with the lowest unemployment rates are: Vestavia Hills at 1.6 percent, Homewood, Hoover, and Northport at 1.9 percent and Madison at 2.0 percent.
And while Selma was among major cities with the highest February preliminary unemployment rates, Selma February’s preliminary unemployment rate of 5.9 percent was .2 percent better than its January 2020 revised rate of 6.1 and 2.4 percent better than its February 2019 revised rate of 8.3 percent.
Alabama’s February’s rate represents 2,184,248 employed persons, up 23,325 over the year.
Wage and salary employment increased in February by 13,000. Monthly gains were seen in the professional and business sector (+5,000), the education and health services sector (+4,200), and the government sector (+3,300), among others. Over the year, wage and salary employment increased by 21,300, with gains in the government sector (+6,600), the education and health services sector (+5,300), and the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (+2,800), among others.
Average weekly total private wages increased to $878.55 in February, up from $872.50 in January, and $842.75 in February 2019.
*NOTE: February’s data will NOT reflect any COVID-19 related layoffs or shutdowns.