Alabama unemployment rises to 7.2%

Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 7.2% in February.{} The rate announced, by the state Department of Labor, is up from 6.9% in January and is equal to the rate a year ago. Shelby County had the lowest unemployment at 5.6%.{} Wilcox County had the highest at 17.6%.{} Nationwide, unemployment rates fell in 22 states in February from January, a sign that hiring gains are benefiting many parts of the country.{} Unemployment rates rose in 12 states and were unchanged in 16.