Department of Industrial Relations http://apr.org en Alabama Unemployment Rate Rises To 8.5 Percent http://apr.org/post/alabama-unemployment-rate-rises-85-percent Alabama's unemployment rate has risen for the fourth consecutive month to 8.5 percent for August. The figure announced Friday by the state Department of Industrial Relations represents more than 183,000 unemployed people. Alabama's unemployment rate has been going up since measuring 7.2 percent in April. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 22:13:37 +0000 The Associated Press 18218 at http://apr.org Alabama Unemployment Rate Rises To 8.5 Percent