Alabama's unemployment rate of 3-point-6 percent in November was down from October's 4-point-5 percent and was the lowest recorded since 1976.
That's according to statistics released today by the U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Governor Bob Riley says there's no question, doubt or debate that Alabama's economy is the best it's been in a long time.
The November unemployment rate was far below the national rate of five percent.
Alabama's unemployment rate was 5-point-4 percent last November.
In the past year, the number of employed Alabamians rose by nearly 48,000, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations.
The state agency reported that preliminary unemployment figures for Alabama counties show the lowest jobless rates were 2-point-3 percent in Shelby County, 2-point-5 percent in Blount County and 2-point-7 percent in Madison County.
The highest rates were 8-point-9 percent in Bullock county, 7-point-2 percent in Wilcox County and seven percent in Dallas County.
On the Net:Department of Industrial Relations: http://www.dir.alabama.gov