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Alabama’s November unemployment rate drops to 6.2%

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama's preliminary, seasonally adjusted, November unemployment rate is 6.2%.  That is down 0.2% from October's revised rate of 6.4%.  This, according to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.

November's rate represents 132,381 unemployed persons, compared to 137,160 in October and 148,956 in November 2012.

"Every Alabama county has a decrease in their unemployment rate for November, and that is a sign that Alabamians are getting back to work in both rural and urban areas of Alabama." Bentley said.

This is the third month of 2013 in which Alabama's unemployment rate has been at its lowest in five years.  July and August registered rates of 6.2% as well. The last time the unemployment rate was at or below 6.2% was in October 2008, when the rate was 5.9%.

"Not surprisingly, it appears as though seasonal hiring, especially in retail establishments, helped to lower our unemployment rate," Alabama Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said.  "This traditionally happens during the months of November and December as employers prepare for the Christmas shopping rush."

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates were: Shelby County at 3.6%, Lee County at 4.5%, and Cullman, St. Clair, and Cherokee Counties at 4.7%. 

Counties with the highest unemployment rates were: Wilcox County at 13.9%, Bullock County at 11.9%, and Perry and Dallas Counties at 11.1%.

Information source: Website of the Office of Alabama Governor Robert J. Bentley.  http://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/2013/12/alabamas-november-unemployment-rate-drops-6-2/

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