Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 5.7 percent in July. In June the rate was 5.3 percent, but the rate is lower than the 5.8 percent unemployment rate from July 2003.
Phyllis Kennedy, director of the Department of Industrial Relations, said the increase represents approximately 122,500 unemployed Alabamians. Nationally, the jobless rate for July was 5.5 percent.
Washington County recorded the highest unemployment figure at 17.8 percent followed by Lowndes and Butler counties with 15.6 and 15.5 percent, respectively.
Shelby County has the state's lowest figure at 2.4 percent. Others at the bottom include Blount with 3.1 percent. Chilton, Houston, Tuscaloosa and Baldwin counties were tied at 4.2 percent each.