Alabama Department of Industrial Relations http://apr.org en Alabama's Unemployment Rate Down To 8.1 Percent http://apr.org/post/alabamas-unemployment-rate-down-81-percent <P>Alabama's unemployment rate has declined for the second month to 8.1 percent.</P> <P>The state Department of Industrial Relations announced Friday that October's rate is down from a revised rate of 8.2 percent in September. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:09:44 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20828 at http://apr.org Alabama's Unemployment Rate Down To 8.1 Percent 2 Alabama Departments Merging to Save Money http://apr.org/post/2-alabama-departments-merging-save-money <P>The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations and the Alabama Department of Labor will merge Oct. 1, with the new department known as the Department of Labor.</P> <DIV> <P>Labor Commissioner Jim Bennett is retiring after nine years in the post, and Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees will lead the combined department.</P> <P>The Legislature approved the merger with the support of the governor, and it's supposed to save $100,000 to $200,000 per year. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:26:02 +0000 The Associated Press 18353 at http://apr.org 2 Alabama Departments Merging to Save Money