Columbus unemployment rate rises to 8.9 percent in December

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The jobless rate in Columbus rose slightly from November to December up from 8.6 to 8.9 percent.

The report shows the number of jobs in Columbus dropped by 200 in the month of December.

The fountain city unemployment rate remains lower than the state average which stands at 9.7 percent.

Alabama's unemployment rate has seen a much bigger drop than any of its neighboring states.

According to data provided by the US Bureau of Labor statistics that Alabama's rate has gone from 10 to 9.1 percent over the past five months compared to drops of .4 percent in Georgia, .8 in Florida, and 1.1 percent in Tennessee.

Republicans in the legislature say it's because of measures they passed, whereas Democrats say they are simply seasonal rates that will go up later.

Alabama's unemployment rate reached its highest level in July of last year. The governor says the state has created more than 40,000 jobs since January of last year.

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