Alabama's unemployment rate sees December rise

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate rose slightly in December to 9.1%.

State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said that's up from 9.0% in November, but it's lower than the 10.9% recorded a year ago. Surtees said Friday the road coming out of the recession will be bumpy.

"Although we did see a small increase in our unemployment rate, we still remain below the national rate, and Alabama did see a net increase in jobs over the past twelve months," said Surtees. "The road coming out of this recession will be a bumpy one, and we have to be prepared to handle the bumps as they come along."

December's rate represents nearly 195,000 unemployed people, which is about 2,300 more than November.

The counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby at 6.7%, Coffee at 6.9% and Madison at 7.0%. The counties with the highest rates are: Wilcox at 20.0%, Greene at 18.0% and Monroe at 16.0%.

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