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AL unemployment down from 2013 for January

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Alabama Department of Labor announced on Monday that the preliminary January unemployment rate is 6.1%, down from the January 2013 rate of 6.7%. The new rate represents 130,444 unemployed compared to 129,633 in December 2013 and 144,410 in January 2013.

"Looking at the seasonally adjusted numbers, we saw growth in both the labor force and the number of people working in Alabama in January, and those are positive signs. Additionally, the number of job orders we received on JobLink have, once again, set a record for the highest number of job orders in the history of the site," said Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees. "Although the number of jobs reported decreased, this is a common occurrence in January, and is due, in large part, to retailers laying off seasonal help."

From January 2013 to January 2014, wage and salary employment increased 20,400. Gains were due to increases in the leisure and hospitality sector, the trade, transportation, and utilities sector, education and health services sector, and the manufacturing sector, among others.

Counties with lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby County at 4.6%, Lee County at 5.5%, and Limestone and Cullman Counties at 5.8%.

Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox County at 16.4%, Perry County at 13.2%, and Bullock County at 12.7%.

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