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State unemployment rate reaches record low

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Alabama’s unemployment rate fell to 3.3 percent in January, a record low after figures from previous months were revised.

The state jobless rate fell from 3.7 percent in December and 3.6 percent the previous January, the Department of Industrial Relations reported Friday.

Gov. Bob Riley announced the state number last week, but Friday’s report included figures for counties and metro areas.

The previous record of 3.4 percent was set last March.

The state had announced unemployment levels of 3.2 percent in October and November, but those figures were revised to 3.6 percent with new government employment data, industrial relations spokesman Ron Macksoud said.

“It is normal for us to revise unemployment rates,” Macksoud said.

He said Alabama’s labor market is tied with Florida and South Dakota for the ninth-lowest jobless rate in the nation.

Only four of Alabama’s 67 counties — Wilcox, Bullock, Perry and Dallas — had rates higher than Michigan’s 6.9 percent, the nation’s highest.

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