Dallas County’s unemployment rate back below 10 percent

Published 10:53 pm Monday, October 19, 2015

Dallas County’s unemployment rate is back below 10 percent.

In February, the county’s unemployment rate fell into single digits for the first time in more than six years. After rising during the summer, Dallas County’s rate for September was 9.9 percent.

That’s down from August’s rate of 10.7 percent and down a full percentage point from 2014.

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Statewide, unemployment fell to 6 percent.

“We are extremely pleased to see a decrease in our unemployment rate this month,” Gov. Robert Bentley said in a press release. “Our economy is supporting more jobs than it has all year … Our efforts will continue until Alabama reaches full employment.”

Across Alabama, wage and salary employment in September measured 1,958,800.

The last time that many Alabamians was employed was September 2008.

“Every county in Alabama experienced a decrease in their unemployment rates this month,” Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington said. “We have not seen this many jobs in September since 2008.”

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 4.1 percent, Lee County at 4.8 percent, and Elmore and Cullman counties at 5 percent.

Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 15.1 percent and Lowndes and Clarke counties at 11.7 percent.