October was the 10th straight month that initial claims for jobless benefits were below the level of the prior year.
Tom Surtees, director of the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, says there is good news in the fact that the state continues to pay less in benefits and that initial claims remain below 2008 and 2009 levels.
Initial claims for unemployment in Alabama in October totaled 27,058, down from 31,496 a year earlier.
In September, 23,770 Alabamians filed initial claims.
Although the number of new claims filed in Alabama rose from September, the number of new applications for jobless benefits is
down significantly from the 40,535 filings in January.
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