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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced Monday that the state's unemployment rate for January 2013 is 6.9%, which represents 148,724 unemployed persons in the state. A year prior, 158,040 Alabamians were unemployed.

Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees says, "this is certainly a positive trend. However, we still have more than 140,000 Alabamians who want to work, and we have to remain focused on helping them find and keep a job."

January marks the second month in which the unemployment rate dipped below 7%.

[DOCUMENT: Map of Ala. Unemployment Rate by County for Jan. 2013 (.pdf)]

"The long-term trend in Alabama's unemployment rate is encouraging news," Governor Bentley said.  "We have seen a steady decline in unemployment over time.  Dozens of industries are choosing to build and expand in Alabama, and the result is more people are going back to work.  There is still much work left to be done, however, until Alabama reaches full employment, and our efforts to recruit more jobs will continue."

February's unemployment rate will be released on Friday, March 29, 2013.

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