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Alabama unemployment rate up for the third month in a row

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MONTGOMERY, AL - The Alabama Department of Labor has released new unemployment numbers for the state.

The preliminary report for April shows the state’s unemployment rate at 6.9%. That’s up from March’s rate of 6.7% and February’s rate of 6.4%.

The April rate represents 147,341 people who are out of work in Alabama.

“Seasonal adjustment certainly played a role in this month’s unemployment rate increase,” said Surtees. “The state data did not meet seasonal expectations, while at the same time, only one of Alabama’s 67 counties showed an increase in their rate this month. The state data are seasonally adjusted while the county data are not. However, this is an estimate and will probably be revised as the seasonal factors become more quantifiable as the year goes on.”

Shelby County has the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.2%. Wilcox County has the highest rate at 15.5%.

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