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Alabama Unemployment Rate Down for November
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's unemployment rate is down to 6 percent. The preliminary jobless rate announced Friday represents the state's best unemployment numbers in more than six years. But the state is still slightly above the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.8 percent. Gov. Robert Bentley's office says the November jobless rate is an improvement from October, when the rate was 6.3 percent. It's also better than the numbers a year ago. Monthly gains were seen in sectors including trade, transportation, utilities, education, health services and government. Statistics show almost 2 million people are working in the state, but nearly 126,000 remain unemployed. Shelby County has the state's lowest unemployment at 3.8 percent, and Wilcox County has the worst joblessness at 12.2 percent.

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