Alabama jobless rate climbs in November

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate rose in November to 6.1 percent.

That's an increase from October's figure of 5.5 percent.

State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said the rate remains below the national average of 6.7 percent.

November's figure represented an additional 10,983 Alabamians looking for work.

Surtees said the manufacturing sector experienced the largest decrease in jobs.

Alabama counties with the lowest unemployment rates were Shelby at 3.9 percent, Madison at 4.1 percent, and Tuscaloosa at 4.6 percent.

The counties with the highest jobless rates were Chambers at 14.6 percent, Wilcox at 14 percent and Bullock with 12.1 percent.

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