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      Alabama unemployment rises to 6.4 percent

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      Alabama's unemployment rate has risen to 6.4 percent.The state Department of Labor says the February rate is up from 6.1 percent in January, but it's below the same month last year, when Alabama measured 6.6 percent.State Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees says Alabama saw an increase in the size of the workforce, the number of people employed and the number unemployed in February. He says that's a positive sign that more people are out in the workforce, either with jobs or looking for them.Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby at 5.1 percent, Lee at 5.9 percent and Autauga at 6.3 percent.Counties with the highest rates are Wilcox at 16.9 percent, Perry at 13.3 percent, and Dallas at 13.1 percent.

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