Alabama Unemployment Rate Steady at 4.7 percent

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate remained steady in June at 4.7 percent.

State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said the state's 4.7 percent in May and June mirrored the national rate, which was unchanged at 5.5 percent.

Alabama's June rate was up from 3.5 percent a year ago.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Alabama tied Vermont for the nation's 20th lowest unemployment rate. That was an improvement from May when Alabama was 21st.

Surtees said the lowest county unemployment rates were Shelby with 3.4 percent, Madison at 3.9 percent and Baldwin at 4.0 percent. The highest county rates were Chambers at 13.9 percent, Wilcox at 13.2 percent, and Perry at 12.0 percent. A year ago, Alabama did not have a single county with double digit unemployment.

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


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