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Alabama unemployment drops after 4-month climb

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate dropped in September after climbing for the four previous months.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that Alabama's rate fell from 8.5% in August to 8.3% in September. That's below last year's rate of 8.8%.

The September figure represents nearly 178,000 Alabamians looking for work. That's down from 183,000 the prior month.

Alabama's unemployment rate had been rising since measuring 7.2% in April, but September's figure reverses that trend. Alabama's rate remains above the national figure of 7.8% for September.

Counties with the lowest unemployment are Shelby at 5.2%, Coffee at 6.2%, and Lee, Limestone and Madison at 6.4%. The counties with the highest rates are Wilcox at 17.8%, Bullock County at 15.4%, and Dallas at 15.1%.

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