Alabama jobless rate down to 5.7 percent

Alabama jobless rate down to 5.7 percent

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate is on the decline.

A statement issued Friday by the governor's office says Alabama's July unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, down three-tenths of a percent from June. It's also below the jobless rate of a year ago.

State unemployment is still well above the U.S. rate of 4.9 percent. But the Labor Department says the July rate represents the fewest number of unemployed people in Alabama since 2008.

The state has added almost 28,000 jobs in the last year.

Shelby County in metro Birmingham has Alabama's lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent, while Wilcox County in rural west Alabama is highest with a jobless rate of 14.3 percent.

Vestavia Hills has the lowest rate among cities at 3.4 percent. Selma is worst with unemployment at 11.4 percent.

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