Alabama Jobless Rate Falls

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Alabama's unemployment rate dropped to 7.6 percent in February for its seventh straight month of improvement.

State officials said Friday the jobless rate for last month was two-tenths of a percent better than the January number. The statistics represent 162,939 unemployed people. That's an improvement from 167,588 the previous month and 204,496 a year ago.

The state says wage and salary employment increased by 13,700
positions. The gains came mainly in the leisure and hospitality industry; construction; and the professional and business services

Alabama's jobless rate has been on a steady decline since
hitting a high of 10 percent in July.

The improvement means people are no longer eligible for extended
jobless benefits. The new maximum length of time on unemployment is 73 weeks, down from 99 weeks.

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  • by steven davisz Location: United States on Mar 31, 2012 at 10:48 PM
    Indeed, workers lacking high school diplomas saw their unemployment rate jump 6.6 percentage points in June vs. a 2.3 point increase for college grads who has their degree from one of the High Speed Universities
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