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Alabama’s unemployment rate steady at 7.2%

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's preliminary unemployment rate for March remained unchanged at 7.2%. March 2012's rate was also 7.2%. March's rate represents 155,071 unemployed persons, compared to 154,790 last month, and 156,224 last year.

The civilian labor force increased in March to 2,164,497, up from 2,157,556 in February and 2,156,362 last year. The number of employed persons rose to 2,009,426, up from 2,002,766 in February and 2,000,138 last year.

Eight Alabama counties saw decreases in their unemployment rates of 1.5 percentage points or greater. These counties are: Barbour, Bullock, Choctaw, Cleburne, Conecuh, Lamar, Marion, and Winston.

Counties with the lowest unemployment rates were: Shelby County at 4.7%, Blount County at 5.6%, and Lee County at 5.8%. Counties with the highest unemployment rates were: Wilcox County at 16.4%, Lowndes County at 13.4%, and Dallas County at 12.8%.

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