Alabama Unemployment rises slightly in November

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s unemployment rate rose slightly last month.

The state said Friday that Alabama’s unemployment rate jumped to 5.9 percent in November. That’s up from 5.7 percent in October.

Alabama’s jobless rate is better than it was a year ago, but the state still trails the nation. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in November.

Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington says there are positive signs about the state’s economy. Washington says more Alabamians are in the workforce than at any other time in 2016.

“Wage and salary employment, which measures actual jobs supported by our economy, is performing remarkably well,” said Washington in press release. “We’re just 9,800 jobs shy of reaching the two million jobs mark, which has only been achieved a handful of times over the last decade!”

Shelby County has the best jobless rate at Shelby County at 4.1 percent. Wilcox County has the worst at 14.3 percent.

On the Gulf Coast, it was good news for Mobile County where the unemployment rate dropped to 6.7-percent from 6.9-percent in October. However, the rate remains unchanged from a year ago.

In Baldwin County, the jobless rate continues to fall. In November, the unemployment rate was 5.2-percent which dropped from 5.5-percent last month.

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