Alabama's jobless rate rises

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - As the months go on, unemployment continues to rise.

New figures released Wednesday show 11.1% of Alabama workers are out of work. Wilcox County was the highest at 27.4%

"We have lost jobs basically across the board. It's not just one part of the industry or one part of the state," explained Tom Surtees, director of the Department of Industrial Relations.

Surtees says seasonal employment contributed to the slide.

"We are certainly seeing some positive signs that this will pick up during 2010," he said.

Many of state's unemployed workers flock to the state's career centers. The Montgomery office reports an average of 200 to 300 applicants each day.

"That's what we encourage. Come in every day. New jobs are listed everyday. We may have 10 to 20 new jobs tomorrow that we didn't have today," explained Brinda Barrett, the center's site manager.

The numbers don't surprise people like Clarence Dowl.

"Employers are not hiring. Things are very slow. The economy is bad," he said.

Meanwhile, he and others do what they can to find work.

"Let's put it this way.  I've been filling out job applications almost every single say for the past month, and I've only gotten a few call backs," said Natasha McGraw of Montgomery.

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