Alabama's unemployment rate remains at 11.1 percent in the latest report, but the number of jobs being filled inched upward for the first time in three months.
State Industrial Relations director Tom Surtees announced Friday that the unemployment rate for February was unchanged from January at 11.1 percent, which is the highest jobless rate the state has experienced in 26 years.
But Surtees says overall employment rose by 11,300 in February for the first time in three months.
And he says new unemployment benefit claims have fallen 61 percent since the third week in January.
Surtees says he's hopeful these are signs pointing to some relief from the recession.