Alabama jobless rate steady at 3.8 percent

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s unemployment rate is unchanged at a record low level.

The Alabama Department of Labor says the state’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted jobless rate for January was 3.8 percent. That’s the same as in December and slightly better than the rate from a year earlier.

The agency says the rate marks record low unemployment in Alabama. The number represents about 83,400 unemployed people and more than 2.1 million who are working.

Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington says market sectors including construction, manufacturing and information all experienced significant increases from a year earlier.

Shelby County in the Birmingham area has the state’s lowest jobless rate at 3.2 percent, and Wilcox County in west Alabama is worst at 10.5 percent.

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