Ala jobless rate climbs in December

Montgomery, AL – - Alabama's unemployment has gone up to 11
State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees announced Friday
that the rate rose from 10.5 percent in November to 11.0 percent in
December. Surtees had been hopeful when the rate dropped from
October to November, but the decline only lasted one month.
The December unemployment figure represented more than 225,000
people looking for work.
Counties with the lowest unemployment rates were Shelby at 7.6
percent, Madison at 7.7 percent, and Coffee at 8.1 percent. The
counties with the highest rates were Wilcox at 24.5 percent, Monroe
at 20.2 percent, and Dallas at 20.1 percent.