Montgomery, AL – The state's unemployment rate rose last month to five-point-seven percent. That's almost half a percentage point higher than June's rate of five-point-three. Phyllis Kennedy, director of the Department of Industrial Relations, says the new rate represents about 122-thousand-500 unemployed Alabamians. Washington County once again recorded the highest unemployment rate at 17-point-eight percent. And, as usual, Shelby County had the state's lowest at two-point-four percent.
Talladega, AL – The Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind is looking into a possible merger with the Janice Capilouto Center for the Deaf in Montgomery. AIDB President Terry Graham says it would help adults involved with the Capilouto Center to receive job placement and translation. Capilouto Center executive director Lynne Stokely also believes the two organizations could benefit from the proposal. It may take about 6 months to complete the merger.
Washington, DC – Alabama Senator Richard Shelby says applications are available for U-S Service Academy nominations. Nominees must be Alabama residents and must complete the required A-C-T or SAT tests. Applicants must also provide letters of recommendation and their high school transcript. The service academies include the U-S Military Academy, U-S Naval Academy, U-S Air Force Academy and the U-S Merchant Marine Academy. For more information contact Shelby's office in Tuscaloosa at 205-759-5047.