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After enjoying a slight decline in unemployment during August, Alabama's unemployment rate jumped in September. It's now hit a four year high.

Alabama's unemployment rate rose to over 5 percent in September. Alabama counties with the lowest unemployment rates were Shelby, Madison, Baldwin, Tuscaloosa and Blount counties. Counties with the highest unemployment numbers were Chambers, Wilcox, Bullock and Dallas.

The national jobless rate remained at 6.1 percent last month.

And Alabamians are paying more for groceries. The Alabama Farmers Federation says the cost of 20 basic items jumped about 50-cents compared to last month. The hike is being blamed on higher fuel costs, even though gas prices have dropped in recent weeks. They say you're paying more for beef and pork, but less for eggs and some dairy products.

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