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Ala. jobless rate takes big drop again

Alabama's unemployment rate has taken another big drop.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday the rate declined from 8.7% in November to 8.1% in December. Alabama's rate has now fallen below the national rate of 8.5%.

Alabama's unemployment rate peaked in July at 10.0% and has been declining since then. It has gone down 1.7 percentage points in the last three months, which Bentley says is an unprecedented drop.

"Our rate is once again below the national average, and over 41,000 more Alabamians are employed now than at the beginning of the year. I have to say that 2011 turned out to be a pretty good year, in terms of reducing unemployment, but we still have work to do," Governor Bentley said.

Counties with the lowest rates in December were Shelby at 5.2%, Coffee at 6.0%, and Pike and Lee at 6.4%. Counties with the highest rates were Wilcox at 16.3%, Bullock at 13.7%, and Perry and Lowndes at 13.5%.

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