Alabama's unemployment rate drops to 8.1%

Governor Robert Bentley has announced that Alabama's preliminary October unemployment rate has dropped from September's revised rate of 8.2% to 8.1%.{} Last October it was 8.5%.{}The October 2012 rate represents 175,013 unemployed persons, down from 177,632 last month and 186,251 in October 2011.{}The Governor says "These numbers show more Alabamians have jobs, and that's an encouraging sign we're headed in the right direction.{} Our efforts to attract more jobs for people across the state will continue." he also added, "The recent approval of Amendment 2 will help us in our efforts to bring in new companies and encourage existing companies to expand and hire more people."{}Tom Surtees, the Alabama Labor Commissioner said "This month, everything worked out the way we wish it would always work out". "Our labor force grew, the number of Alabamians working increased, and the number of those unemployed decreased.{} We hope to continue seeing these positive signs in the future."{}The counties with the lowest unemployment rates were:Shelby County at 5.4%Coffee County and Madison County at 6.6%Lee County and St. Clair County at 6.7%

The counties with the highest unemployment rates were:Wilcox County at 17.6%Bullock County at 16.2%Dallas County at 14.8%