Alabama’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.1%

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(MONTGOMERY, AL) – Good news on the unemployment front. Governor Robert Bentley has announced a drop in Alabama’s December 2012 unemployment rate – down to 7.1%.

For comparison, November’s rate was 7.5% and December 2011’s rate was even higher at 8.0%.

The December 2012 rate represents 152,638 unemployed persons and is also below the national rate of 7.8%.

“We are encouraged to see our unemployment rate drop once again,” Governor Bentley said, “Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen the total number of unemployed persons drop by nearly 22,000. Still, we must remember that many people are looking for work. Job creation remains my number-one priority, and I will continue working every day to bring more jobs to Alabama.”

In addition to the unemployment drop, figures from the Alabama Department of Labor show improving conditions for workers – including gains in wage and salary employment in the manufacturing sector, the professional & business services sector, the leisure & hospitality sector and the trade, transportation & utilities sector.

“While the decrease in the number of unemployed persons is certainly welcomed, along with the other positive signs we’ve been seeing recently, we will continue to work to improve the employment picture in Alabama,” Department of Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said. 

Help finding a job, writing a resumé and receiving educational or vocational training opportunities can be found at the state’s 47 local Career Centers.  A listing of Career Centers can be found at