Ala. unemployment continues rise

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The state of Alabama's unemployment rate continues an upward trend jumping another four-tenths of a percent in September.

Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees confirmed the new numbers Friday saying the state's unemployment rose from 10.3 percent in August to 10.7 percent in September. The rate represents nearly 225,000 Alabamians who are out of work.

Counties with the lowest unemployment for September were Madison (7.5%), Shelby (7.6%), and Coffee (8.5%). Counties posting the highest jobless numbers included Dallas (21%) and Perry (20%). Wilcox County leads the state with a whopping 25 percent unemployment rate.


"While we are certainly disappointed that our unemployment rate has continued to rise, we realize that we are not alone in this situation," Surtees said. "The entire country is experiencing increases...due to the effects of this worldwide recession."

Surtees said the ADIR did see initial unemployment claims drop to their lowest level of the year, indicating fewer people are filing for new unemployment benefits. September saw 28,000 initial claims compared to the year's high of 61,000 in January.


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