MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate has fallen
for the fourth straight month and is below the national jobless
rate for the first time in nearly two years.
State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said August's
rate of 9.2 percent was down from 9.7 percent in July and from 10.6
percent a year ago. He said four months of declining unemployment
is a postive trend, but more than 190,000 Alabamians are still
Alabama's rate was below the national figure of 9.6 percent.
That's the first time that has happened since November 2008.
Counties with the lowest unemployment rate were Shelby at 6.8
percent, Madison at 7.1 percent, and Coffee at 7.3 percent.
Counties with the highest unemployment rate were Wilcox at 21.3
percent, Greene at 18.8 percent and Dallas at 17.8 percent.
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