Shelby County had the lowest unemployment rate (7.1 percent) in the state for January 2010, according to the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations. Coffee County (7.6 percent), Pike County and Madison County (both at 8.1 percent) were also among the lowest unemployment rates in Alabama.
Wilcox County ranked as the worst percentage of unemployment in the state, with 21.7 percent of the population unemployed. Lowndes County (18.3 percent) and Green County (17.7 percent) also had especially high rates of unemployment.
Alabama’s statewide unemployment rate from January 2011 is 9.3 percent, up slightly from December 2010’s rate of 9.1 percent, but significantly below a 10.3 percent rate from January of last year.
ADIR director Tom Surtees says these numbers show that the economy is, in fact, recovering.