Local unemployment remains flat in August
by Patrick McCreless
pmccreless@annistonstar.com
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Calhoun County’s unemployment rate remained flat in August, state figures released this morning show.

According to the Alabama Department of Labor, the county's jobless rate remained relatively unchanged at 7.6 percent in August compared to 7.5 percent in July. The leveling out of unemployment ends an upward trend in the rate that the county has endured for several months.

The county's August unemployment rate was lower than the 8.3 percent rate it had during the same month last year.

The state average unemployment rate also saw little change, with a 6.3 percent unemployment rate in August compared to a 6.2 percent rate in July.

"Alabama's August unemployment rate doesn't really show much change over the month," said Tom Surtees, commissioner of the department of labor in a Friday press release. "While we saw a slight increase in jobs, we really didn't see much change in the number of people who remained unemployed."

The counties with the lowest unemployment rates in August were Shelby County at 4.5 percent, Lee County at 5.5 percent and Cullman and Baldwin counties at 5.6 percent. The counties with the highest unemployment rates were Wilcox County at 16 percent, Dallas County at 14.1 percent and Perry County at 14 percent.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.
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