Marion County’s October unemployment rate tied the state’s rate and is likely a new record.
According to data published by the Alabama Department of Labor on Nov. 15, Marion County dropped two points from September’s rate of 3%, falling to 2.8%—the same rate as the statewide average. The county’s unemployment rate this time last year was 3.9%.
Northwest Alabama Economic Development Agency Executive Director David Thornell said the low rate of unemployment is likely a record for Marion County, who noted that when he began working with Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties in 2010, the unemployment rate was 12.5%.
“We’re definitely headed in the right direction,” Thornell said. “You’re just not going to get much lower. It’s a nice surprise to see everything clicking with our economy.”
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