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Alabama's Jobless Rate Holds Steady

Montgomery, Alabama –
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate in April
remained unchanged at 9 percent.
The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations said Friday it
was the first time the jobless rate has not increased in 18 months.
According ADIR Director Tom Surtees April's figure represents
more 191,000 Alabamians out of work.
The department says the counties with the highest unemployment
rates are Wilcox at 22.2 percent, Chambers at 17.3 percent and
Lowndes at 17.1 percent.
The counties with the lowest rates are Shelby at 5.8 percent,
Madison at 5.9 percent and Coffee at 6.2 percent.


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