MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 7.8 percent in June from 7.4 percent in May, state officials announced.
The rate in June 2011 was 9.3 percent.
The rate represents 168,775 unemployed persons, compared to 159,192 last month and 203,875 in June 2011.
"Just as with last month, we are experiencing an expected, seasonal increase in the labor force," Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said in a press release. "People looking for summer work as well as teachers and education employees who are not working over the summer are entering the job market. Since the unemployment rate is simply the percentage of people in the labor force who are not working, this increase will inevitably raise the unemployment rate."