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Alabama unemployment rate drops

Alabama’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.2 percent in August, from 9.7 percent in July. This is the first time that Alabama’s rate has fallen below the national average — 9.6 percent — in more than a year.

The Birmingham-Hoover metro area’s rate fell by a smaller amount, however, dropping from 9 percent in July to 8.9 percent in August.

“Today’s news is certainly good news,” said Surtees. “This marks the first time in nearly two years that Alabama’s unemployment rate has been below the national average,” said Alabama Department of Industrial Relations director Tom Surtees. “That is most definitely a sign that Alabama’s economy is slowly but surely recovering from this economic recession.”

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