Alabama's unemployment at 6.9%

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate for January is 6.9%.

That's up slightly from December's revised rate of 6.8%. December's preliminary rate had been 7.1%, but it was revised downward.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Alabama now has three consecutive months with unemployment below 7%. November's rate was revised to 6.9%.

State Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said Alabama is seeing a positive trend, but officials must remain focused on the more than 148,000 Alabamians still looking for work.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are: Shelby at 5.4%, Blount at 6.4% and Madison at 6.6%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are: Wilcox at 17.4%, Lowndes at 14.5%, and Bullock, Perry, and Dallas at 13.9%.

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