Unemployment Rate

Alabama's unemployment rate fell to a new record low of 3.3 percent last month.

Governor Bob Riley touted the numbers as proof that Alabama’s economy is gaining more jobs than it loses.

“For the 14th consecutive month, Alabama’s unemployment rate is lower than the nation's. These numbers show Alabama is on the right track. Three years ago Alabama was losing more jobs than it created. Now we're headed in the right direction,” says Gov. Bob Riley.

In February, the jobless rate was 3.6 percent. A year ago, the state's unemployment figure was 4.1 percent.

Unemployment in Florida remained low, dipping to 3.1 percent from 3.2 percent in February.

The Florida Panhandle’s Walton County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at two percent.

Nationally, the unemployment rate for March was 4.7 percent.