Alabama jobless rate dips to 5.9 percent

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Alabama’s unemployment rate is down slightly.

The governor’s office said Friday the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate for October was 5.9 percent. That’s down one-tenth of a point from 6 percent in September.

Last month’s rate is also below the jobless rate from a year ago by two-tenths of a percent.

Employment increased by 7,200 jobs, with more than half the gain coming in the government sector. There were also increases in the professional and business services area, plus the trade and transportation sector.

Total wage and salary employment in the state now stands at 1.97 million jobs. That’s the highest since November 2008 at the outset of the great recession.

Wilcox County has the state’s highest unemployment rate at 13.3 percent. Shelby County is lowest at 4 percent.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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