Alabama Unemployment

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Alabama's unemployment rate for August remained steady at 5.7-percent for the fourth straight month.

Industrial Relations Director Phyllis Kennedy said in a statement Friday the state's jobless rate one year ago was 5.9-percent.

Alabama's unemployment figure has also remained below the national rate every month this year. The comparable rate nationally for August was 6.1-percent, down from six-point-two percent in July.

Kennedy said most of Alabama's job losses during the past year were in manufacturing, which lost 14,200 jobs.

Wilcox and Washington counties had the highest jobless rate at 16.1-percent, followed by Randolph at 14.7-percent and Bullock at 14.2 percent.

Shelby County continued to record the state's lowest rate, at 2.5-percent, followed by Blount at 3.4-percent, Tuscaloosa at 3.8-percent and Baldwin at 4-percent.

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