Alabama unemployment numbers drop significantly

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate has taken a significant drop.

State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees says the rate fell from 10.7 percent in May to 10.3 percent in June.

Surtees says that tied the rate for June 2009, and it's the first time since August 2007 that the rate has not been higher than the same month a year earlier.

"This is the first significant drop in our unemployment rate that we've experienced for some time," said Surtees. "We are certainly glad to see it. However, the more than two hundred thousand unemployed Alabamians probably don't feel this way. I'd like to encourage those who are unemployed to visit one of our Career Centers across the state to receive assistance in finding a new job or receiving technical or educational training."

Counties with the lowest unemployment are Shelby at 7.7 percent, Madison at 7.9 percent, and Coffee at 8.1 percent. Counties with the highest rates are Wilcox at 23.6 percent, Dallas at 18.5 percent and Perry at 18.3 percent.

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