12:18pm

Fri June 18, 2010
WVAS Local

Alabama jobless rate drops to 10.8 percent in May

Montgomery, AL – - Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped
to 10.8 percent for the month of May. That's down from 11 percent
in April.
State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees relased the
latest jobless figures Friday. He said wage and salary employment
increased by 13,700 over the month, and has gone up by 44,400 since
the first of the year.
The 10.8 percent unemployment figure for May is up from the 9.8
percent rate of May one year ago. But over the last seven months,
the rate has remained fairly steady at between 10.9 percent and
11.1 percent, an indication that unemployment in Alabama may have
peaked.