Alabama Unemployment

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Alabama's jobless rate for June was 5.4 percent. That's down from the 5.7 percent recorded in May, but slightly higher than the 5.2 percent recorded in June a year ago.

State Industrial Relations Director Alice McKinney said June's rate was the second lowest figure recorded so far this year. Alabama's average unemployment rate for the first half of 2002 has been 5.6 percent.

Alabama's June rate was slightly below the U.S. rate of 5.9 percent.

Shelby County had the state's lowest unemployment rate of 2.8 percent. Washington County was the highest at 18.4 percent.