Saturday, August 23 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:45:44 GMT
A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.More >>
Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to...More >>
Saturday, August 23 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:35:39 GMT
Organizers expect up to 5,000 people to attend a march protesting the death of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer.More >>
Thousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future marched peacefully through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.More >>
Saturday, August 23 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:28:26 GMT
After starting in Kentucky earlier in the month of August, post about "Purge" events have quickly spread across the country. It all started in Louisville, when a picture popped up on social media statingMore >>
The Montgomery Police Department say they have been made aware of the picture that is circulating social media, and are taking the matter very seriously.More >>
Saturday, August 23 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:55:59 GMT
Iceland's Meteorological Office is reporting a surge in seismic activity at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, but sees no evidence yet of any eruptions.More >>
Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over the volcano.More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Tom Surtees, with the Alabama Department of Labor, has announced that the state's preliminary unemployment rate for February is 7.2%, which represents 154,855 unemployed persons. This is an increase from January's unemployment rate of 6.9%. Alabama's unemployment rate a year ago was also 7.2%.
"While we did experience a slight up tick in the unemployment rate this month, we also saw an increase in the number of people working, both over the past month and the past year," said Surtees. "We've also seen an increase in the number of people in the labor force. This tells us that some people are regaining confidence in the job market and are looking for work again."
Surtees goes on to explain that the state is seeing the number of jobs increase in several sectors, including manufacturing, and leisure and hospitality.
"Additionally, initial unemployment compensation claims were down by more than fifty percent from last month. This represents stabilization in initial claims as the expected loss from seasonal hiring and temporary shutdowns begin to wane," Surtees continued.
Unemployment compensation claims are also down, with 17,108 claims made in February, as compared to 34,560 in January. This number is also lower than the 18,289 claims reported in February 2012.
The counties with the lowest unemployment rates in February are: Shelby County at 5.6%, Lee County at 6.4%, and Blount County at 6.5%. The counties with the highest unemployment rates in February are: Wilcox County at 17.6%, Lowndes County at 14.5%, and Dallas County at 13.8%.