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Alabama schedules jobless calls due to increase

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An increase in Alabamians applying for unemployment benefits has prompted the state to schedule days for people to call.

State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said the schedule has been designed to decrease the wait time, particularly today (Mondays), which is the busiest day of the week for claims.

Previously, people could call to apply five days a week. But starting this week, Mondays will be reserved for people with Social Security numbers ending in digits zero through four.

Tuesdays will be reserved for people with Social Security numbers ending in five through nine.

Anyone can call to apply on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Alabama's unemployment rate in October was 5.6 percent.

That was up from 3.5 percent a year ago.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) AP-NY-12-08-08 0859EST

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