Alabama’s Unemployment Rate Up Slightly; Now 6.9%

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) — Alabama’s unemployment rate increased slightly from December’s revised 6.8%, but still remains below 7%.

“The long-term trend in Alabama’s unemployment rate is encouraging news,” Governor Bentley said in a news release.  “We have seen a steady decline in unemployment over time.  Dozens of industries are choosing to build and expand in Alabama, and the result is more people are going back to work.  There is still much work left to be done, however, until Alabama reaches full employment, and our efforts to recruit more jobs will continue.”

148,724 Alabamians are without work, an increase of roughly 3,000 people.  However, the number is down by roughly 10,000 people since one year ago.

However, job growth was weak across the state over the past 12 months, according to WHNT News 19′s news partner, al.com.   Among the hardest hit industries was construction, al.com reports.

February’s unemployment rate will be released on Friday, March 29.