Alabama reports record number of people employed in December

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( — Gov. Kay Ivey's office said today that Alabama had a record number of people counted as employed in December - 2,093,063.

That's 5,554 more than were counted as employed in November and 45,310 more than were counted in December 2016.

The state's preliminary, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed at 3.5 percent in December, same as the record low in November.

That's down from a rate of 6.3 percent in December 2016.

"We are ending 2017 with great news on the employment front," Ivey said in a press release.

Fitzgerald Washington, secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor, said the state gained 32,500 jobs last year, exceeding predictions by economists by about 13,000.

There were gains of 8,700 jobs in leisure and hospitality, 6,100 jobs in the construction sector, and 5,800 jobs in the manufacturing sector.

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