12:14pm

Fri November 20, 2009
WVAS Local

Ala jobless rate climbs higher in Oct

Montgomery, AL – - The unemployment rate in Alabama has
risen to its highest rate in more than 25 years.
State officials said Friday the rate rose to 10.9 percent in
October. That's up from 10.7 percent in September and the highest
rate in the state since unemployment was at 10.9 percent in
February 1984.
Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Direct0or Tom Surtees
said the rate represents nearly 227,000 people who were unemployed
in the state in October.
The unemployment rate was the highest in Wilcox County, at 25.1
percent. Unemployment was the lowest in Shelby County, with 7.4
percent.