The Alabama Department of Labor said the statewide unemployment rate increased slightly in the first half of March.
The unemployment rate increased to 3.5%, with 2,138,541 Alabamians applying for unemployment assistance.
Despite the statewide increase, several north Alabama counties had the lowest county unemployment rates – Madison, Marshall, and Morgan Counties at 2.8%, with Cullman and Limestone Counties reporting 2.9%.
The majority of the lost jobs were in education and health services, which lost 4,300 jobs, along with professional and business jobs, with a decrease of 2,100 jobs.
The Department of Labor cautioned the March numbers don’t fully account for the impact of COVID-19, since the majority of the layoffs happened the week after the numbers were tallied.