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Alabama’s unemployment rate back on the rise

Alabama’s unemployment rate for September 2020 sits at 6.6 percent
Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 5:45 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Alabama’s unemployment rate is back on the rise. The State Department of Labor releasing new numbers for the month of September.

Overall, the wiregrass numbers are also trending up, but not as bad as other areas of the state.

Houston County has the highest rate in the wiregrass at 6.3 percent with 2,880 unemployed.

From there Dale County is 5.4 percent with 1,169 without jobs.

Henry County has the third highest rate in the wiregrass with a rate that stands at 5.2 percent, 353 there are unemployed.

Coffee County is at 4.5 percent, they have 1,017 people unemployed.

Geneva County has the lowest rate of the five wiregrass counties. With a rate at 4.3 percent, 469 people are unemployed there.

Statewide we have an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent with 148,912 people without jobs statewide.

Holiday hiring is underway and the state hopes that will allow the number to drop again.

This time last year the unemployment rate stood at 2.7 percent, but COVID-19 led to numerous job losses in the state.

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