Unemployment in Alabama

Alabama's unemployment rate dropped in October to 5.5 percent, that's compared to September's 5.7 percent. It is the first time this year that the state's jobless figure declined for two consecutive months.

Department of Industrial Relations director Phyllis Kennedy said the drop occurred despite the loss of jobs in Mobile and Baldwin counties due to Hurricane Ivan.

Nationally, the rate for October was also 5.5 percent.

Among the 67 counties, Wilcox recorded the highest unemployment numbers with 16.4 percent followed by Bullock, Lowndes and Washington counties. Shelby County continues to have the state's lowest jobless rate at 2.4 percent.