MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The unemployment rate in Alabama climbed to 9.9 percent in June, up from 9.6 percent the previous month.
Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said he was disappointed in the new figures, but said the aftermath of the April tornadoes is still a major factor in the climbing rate.
June's rate represents 213,975 unemployed people, compared to 206,578 the previous month and 197,780 in June 2010, according to ADIR.
"We still have hundreds of Alabamians unemployed as a direct result of the tornadoes of last April and the national unemployment rate also continues to rise," Surtees said.
The head of ADIR said there is a positive side. "We have observed an uptick in the number of discouraged workers re-entering the job market in their employment search. There are over 33,000 more Alabamians working in June than in January, but during this same period over 50,000 came into the workforce. "
The counties with the lowest unemployment rates were: Shelby County at 7.7%, Coffee County at 8.4% and Limestone County at 8.7%.
The counties with the highest unemployment rates were Wilcox County at 23.4%, Perry County at 19.9% and Dallas County at 19.1%.
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