Tom Surtees

Tom Surtees, who served both as Alabama's Revenue and Labor commissioner, has died.

The governor's office says Surtees died Friday after fighting cancer. He was 66.   

Surtees was appointed head of the Revenue Department in 2004 by then-Gov. Bob Riley. He later became commissioner of the Department of Industrial Relations, which became the Department of Labor in 2012.

Surtees retired from the state in 2014. Governor Robert Bentley is calling him a leader and a dedicated public servant.

http://dir.alabama.gov / Alabama Dept. of Industrial Relations

Alabama's unemployment rate fell sharply to 7.5 percent in November, a drop officials say was helped by holiday hiring.

The state Department of Labor said Friday the number represents 162,182 people who were jobless last month.

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.

The rate of 7.5 percent is also well below the year-ago rate of 8.3 percent.

Alabama Jobless Rate Rises To 8.3 Percent

Aug 17, 2012
http://dir.alabama.gov / Alabama Dept. of Industrial Relations

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.