Alabama's unemployment rate is remaining steady at 11 percent. State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees announced Friday there was no change from March to April.
Surtees says there has been relatively little change in Alabama's unemployment picture in the last six months, and he's cautiously optimistic that the rise in unemployment has ceased.
Sumter County's unemployment was 14.7% for April, up slightly from March. It stood at 13% for April 2009.
In Choctaw County, the jobless rate was 12%, down from 12.7% in March. Unemployment was 11.2% in April 2009.
Counties with the highest unemployment rates were Wilcox at 24.5 percent; Monroe at 20.0 percent, and Dallas at 18.7 percent.
Counties with the lowest rates were Madison at 7.6 percent and Shelby and Coffee at 7.7 percent.