Alabama's unemployment rate is down again. Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday the rate declined from 8.7 percent in November to 8.1 percent in December.
Alabama's rate has now fallen below the national rate of 8.5 percent.
It peaked in July 2011 at 10 percent and has been declining since then. It has gone down 1.7 percentage points in the last three months, which Bentley says is an unprecedented drop.
Counties with the lowest rates in December were Shelby at 5.2 percent, Coffee at 6.0 percent, and Pike and Lee at 6.4 percent.
Counties with the highest rates were Wilcox at 16.3 percent, Bullock at 13.7 percent, and Perry and Lowndes at 13.5 percent.