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Fri June 20, 2014
Alabama's Unemployment Rate Dips To 6.8 Percent
Alabama's unemployment rate dipped slightly in May, but it was higher than the same month a year ago.
Gov. Robert Bentley reported Friday that Alabama measured 6.8 percent unemployment. That's down from 6.9 percent in April, but it is above the 6.4 percent recorded in May 2013.
The seasonally adjusted statistics show there were slightly more than 147,000 Alabamians looking for work in May. That's down about 160 people from the previous months, but it's about 8,600 more than a year ago.
Counties with the lowest unemployment rates were Shelby at 4.4 percent, Lee at 4.8 percent and Cullman and Baldwin counties at 5.1 percent. The counties with the highest rates were Wilcox at 15.6 percent, Dallas at 12.1 percent and Lowndes at 11.9 percent.