Unemployment Down Statewide, Up Slightly Locally

unemplyment dec. 2013

Alabama ended 2013 with the lowest unemployment rate in five years.

The Alabama Department of Labor reports that the December 2013 preliminary unemployment rate is 6.1%, down from November’s rate of 6.2%, and below December 2012’s rate of 6.8%.

The last time the state’s unemployment rate was at or below 6.1% was in October 2008, when it was 5.9-percent.

Cherokee County’s unemployment rate was up slightly in December, checking in at an even 5-percent. It was 4.7-percent in November. That is still well below the 6.3-percent reported in December of 2012.

Dekalb County had a jobless rate of 6-percent last month, up from 5.9-percent in November. It was 7.4-percent in December of last year.

In Etowah County, the unemployment rate was 5.6-percent last month, up one-tenth of a percent from November but still lower than the 6.5-percent in December of 2013.

Meanwhile, in Calhoun County the jobless rate was unchanged from November to December at 6.1-percent.

It was 6.8-percent this time last year.

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