10:16am

Fri October 16, 2009
WVAS Local

Ala unemployment rate jumps in Sept.

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate has jumped
to 10.7 percent.
The figure reported Friday by the state Department of Industrial
Relations is the highest since the state reached 10.9 percent in
February 1984.
State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said he's
disappointed the rate continued to rise in September, but the
entire country is experiencing increases due to the recession.
The September rate was up from a revised August rate of 10.3
percent. It was nearly double the 5.4 percent Alabama recorded a
year earlier.
Counties with the lowest unemployment rates were Madison at 7.5
percent, Shelby at 7.6 percent, and Coffee at 8.5 percent. Counties
with the highest rates were Wilcox at 25.6 percent, Dallas at 21.1
percent, and Perry at 19.8 percent.