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Morgan, Limestone unemployment rates dip below 3 percent

Unemployment in Morgan and Limestone counties dipped below 3 percent in November, according to a state Department of Industrial Relations report released Friday.

Morgan County’s rate was 2.9 percent. Limestone County, at 2.4 percent, was among the seven counties in the state enjoying the lowest unemployment rates. Madison County was at 2.3 percent, and only two counties, Shelby and Baldwin, had lower unemployment numbers.

Lawrence County, 33rd of the state’s 67 counties, had an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent.

The highest unemployment rates tended to be in counties in the southern half of the state, with Bullock County’s the highest at 8.6 percent.

Overall, the state retained a 3.2 percent unemployment rate for November, unchanged from October’s rate, which was the lowest ever recorded in the state.

“This record low unemployment rate continues to show that Alabama’s economy is vibrant and strong,” Gov. Bob Riley said Friday.

The November rate was down from 3.6 percent recorded a year ago and was below the national rate of 4.5 percent for November. The new number represented 72,025 people looking for work, while 2.14 million were working.

Eric Fleischauer

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