Alabama's March unemployment numbers improve

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama's unemployment figures for the month of March have improved slightly over the previous month. The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations said Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 9.2%, down from February's rate of 9.3%.

"A decrease in the unemployment rate is always better than an increase," said ADIR Director Tom Surtees, "However, we can't get too excited because there are still nearly 200,000 Alabamians out of work."

March's rate represents 195,374 Alabamians who are unemployed, down from 196,714 last month. The figure is down "significantly" from March of 2010, Surtees said, when there were 215,067 unemployed.

The counties with the lowest unemployment rates in March were: Shelby at 6.7%, Coffee at 6.9%, and Madison and Pike Counties at 7.5%. The counties with the highest unemployment rates were: Wilcox at 20.0%, Monroe at 16.0%, and Perry at 15.8%.


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