A survey found that workers in Alabama's largest metro area have earned more during the past three years, despite the poor national economy.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics surveyed 90 companies employing 204,400 people in the Birmingham area and found:
Rural areas of the state are worse off. Alabama's jobless rate remained unchanged in June at 5.7-percent, but some of the 16 counties, Washington, Wilcox and Lowndes already suffering double-digit unemployment showed no improvement.
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