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Ala jobless rate falls to 7.6%

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate dropped to 7.6% in February for its seventh straight month of improvement.

State officials said Friday the jobless rate for last month was two-tenths of a percent better than the January number.

The statistics represent 162,939 unemployed people. That's an improvement from 167,588 the previous month and 204,496 a year ago.

The state says wage and salary employment increased by 13,700 positions. The gains came mainly in the leisure and hospitality industry; construction; and the professional and business services industry.

Alabama's jobless rate has been on a steady decline since hitting a high of 10% in July.

The improvement means people are no longer eligible for extended jobless benefits. The new maximum length of time on unemployment is 73 weeks, down from 99 weeks.

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