Over the course of 2018, Elmore County has consistently been listed among counties with the lowest unemployment rates in the state.

According to the Alabama Department of Labor, Elmore County tied with Morgan and Limestone counties in November for the third-lowest unemployment rates, each at 3 percent.

Elmore County Commission Chairman Troy Stubbs said he was delighted to see the county’s unemployment steadily declining and attributed the county’s low unemployment to a strong business community and a well-prepared workforce.

“We have large industries in the county but we also have a strong support for local businesses from the community,” Stubbs said. “We also have a qualified workforce from our local schools.”

The county also came in third for the lowest unemployment rate in October, September, May, April, February and January, often tying with several counties in north Alabama.

Elmore County also came in second in June, fourth in March and fifth in May.

According to ADL statistics, 1,124 Elmore County residents were counted as unemployed in November, yielding the 3 percent unemployment rate.

Between October and the end of November, ADL statistics indicate 35 Elmore County locals gained employment, causing the county’s unemployment to decrease by 0.3 percent.

The most recent ADL statistics indicate Shelby County has the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.5 percent, and Marshall, Madison and Cullman counties tied for the second at 2.9 percent.

According to the ADL, the state as a whole recently reached its lowest unemployment rate in Alabama history. More than 2 million Alabamians were listed as employed in November and the number of jobs in the state increased by 35,400.

“Business is booming in Alabama,” ADL Secretary Fitzgerald Washington said. “We are continuing to shatter employment records month after month. Jobs are growing at a record 1.7 percent yearly growth rate. It’s a great time to be doing business in Alabama.”