jobless rates en Alabama Unemployment Rises To 7.2 Percent <P>Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent in February.</P> <P>The rate announced by the state Department of Labor is up from 6.9 percent in January and is equal to the rate a year ago. The number of unemployed people looking for work grew by more than 6,000 from January.</P> <P>State Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said the jobless rate went up even though the number of people working in the state increased by about 3,300. That's because the number of people in the workforce grew by about 9,500. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:49:21 +0000 The Associated Press 27631 at Alabama Unemployment Rises To 7.2 Percent Ala. Jobless Rate Drops To 7.5 Percent <P>Alabama's unemployment rate fell sharply to 7.5 percent in November, a drop officials say was helped by holiday hiring.</P> <P>The state Department of Labor said Friday the number represents 162,182 people who were jobless last month.</P> <P>The state's unemployment rate was below the national rate of 7.7 percent, and it's down six-tenths of a percent from October.</P> <P>The rate of 7.5 percent is also well below the year-ago rate of 8.3 percent.</P> <P>Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees says the numbers show Alabama employers are expecting a strong holiday shopping season. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 22:24:16 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 22296 at Ala. Jobless Rate Drops To 7.5 Percent Alabama Jobless Rate Rises To 8.3 Percent Alabama's preliminary unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent in July, up from 7.8 percent in June. Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees announced the new jobless figures in a statement Friday. He said the state's jobless rate represents 179,535 unemployed persons, compared to 168,602 last month and 202,311 in July 2011. Surtees says the state agency sees more partial unemployment claims in July and December than any other month, and last month was no exception. Partial unemployment claims, which are filed by workers who have been laid off for a period less than th Fri, 17 Aug 2012 22:02:04 +0000 Associated Press 16449 at Alabama Jobless Rate Rises To 8.3 Percent