MONTGOMERY — Alabama's unemployment rate hit 12.9% in April, the Department of Labor announced Friday.
April's rate is the first full monthly measure that incorporates the true extent of the job losses occurring due to the coronavirus pandemic.
March's unemployment rate was 3.0%.
Late last week the department also announced that more than 500,000 initial unemployment claims had been filed from March 8 to May 16. This week, the state also announced it has disbursed more than $1 billion in COVID-19 related unemployment compensation benefits.
Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Geneva County at 8.1%, Bullock, and Pike counties at 9.1%, and Shelby and Henry counties at 9.2%.
Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Lowndes County at 26.0%, Wilcox County at 22.8%, and Greene County at 22.2%.
In the Shoals area, Lauderdale County was at 14.6%, Colbert County was at 16.5% and Franklin County's rate was at 11.3%.