Alabama Unemployment

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Alabama's unemployment rate for September rose slightly to four percent, that's compared to 3.8 percent in August.

Phyllis Kennedy, director of the state Department of Industrial Relations, blamed the modest rise in unemployment in part to the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

The agency said the four percent figure means there were approximately 86,232 unemployed Alabamians.

Kennedy said overall, Alabama has recorded a net gain of 24,800 jobs in 2005. Most were concentrated in professional and business services.

The national unemployment rate for September was 5.1 percent.

The department reports that preliminary unemployment figures for Alabama counties show the lowest jobless rates were 2.6 percent in Shelby County, 2.8 percent in Blount County and three percent in Lee and Madison counties.

The highest rates were eight-point-eight percent in Bullock County, 8.6 percent in Dallas County, and eight-point-three percent in Wilcox County.

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