ALABAMA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RISES FOR SECOND MONTH
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s unemployment rate is up slightly from a month ago.
Labor statistics released Friday show the state’s jobless rate rose to 6.2 percent in December, up from 6 percent in November.
Alabama Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington said in a statement that while an increase is never celebrated, it also indicates that more people are entering the workforce.
The state’s jobless rate is above the national rate of 5.0 percent.
Shelby County in metro Birmingham has the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.1 percent. Wilcox County in western Alabama has the highest at 15.3 percent.