Alabama jobless rate jumps to 6.6% as pandemic woes continue

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In this photo illustration, a person files an application for unemployment benefits on April 16, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s monthly unemployment rate jumped to 6.6% in September as the coronavirus pandemic kept up its continuing damage to the state’s economy.

The government reported Friday that the rate was a full percentage point above the August jobless rate. It was even worse compared to the September 2019 rate of 2.7%.

The state’s labor secretary, Fitzgerald Washington, says fluctuations in the unemployment rate will likely continue during the pandemic.

Cullman County had the state’s lowest jobless rate at 3.8%. Rural Wilcox County in west Alabama was worst at 17%.

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