State: Unemployment steady; record high number of jobs

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s unemployment rate is holding steady at 4.1 percent.

Figures released by the state on Friday show Alabama’s jobless rate for September is unchanged from August

The state’s unemployment rate is slightly worse than the national average of 3.7 percent.

The Alabama Department of Labor said a record 2.1 million people are working in the state. Gov. Kay Ivey says the numbers show growth in the state’s economy to support a record number of jobs.

Shelby County in metro Birmingham has the state’s lowest unemployment at 2.8 percent, followed by Cullman County at 3.1 percent and Marshall County and Elmore County at 3.3 percent.

Wilcox County in rural, western Alabama has the highest jobless rate at 9.3 percent.

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