Alabama Jobless Rate Climbs in November

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate rose in
November to 6.1 percent.

That's an increase from October's figure of 5.5 percent.

State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said the rate
remains below the national average of 6.7 percent.

Alabama's rate is also better than its Southern neighbors with
Tennessee at 6.9 percent, Mississippi's at 7.2, and Georgia at 7.5
percent unemployment.

November's figure represented an additional 10,983 Alabamians
looking for work. Surtees said the manufacturing sector experienced
the largest decrease in jobs.

Alabama counties with the lowest unemployment rates were Shelby
at 3.9 percent, Madison at 4.1 percent, and Tuscaloosa at 4.6

The counties with the highest jobless rates were Chambers at
14.6 percent, Wilcox at 14 percent and Bullock with 12.1 percent.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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