Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

County Jobless Rate Falls to 6.1%

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

County Jobless Rate Falls to 6.1%

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Tuscaloosa County's unemployment rate fell more than 1 percent in November.

Figures released by the state on Friday show about 1,000 more people joined the ranks of the county's employed in November, with 84,775 county residents holding jobs.

That's up from 83,751 people working in October, but still less than the 85,593 people working in November 2011.

Although more people were working a year ago, the county's unemployment rate then was higher -- 7.4 percent.

Similar patterns existed in previous months. Economists at the University of Alabama's Center for Business and Economic Research have said that's because many people have left the workforce over the last year.

Some who were unable to find work might have retired, others might have moved and still others might have given up their job search, the economists said.

Alabama's November unemployment rate is 7.5 percent, as compared with 8.1 percent in October and 8.3 percent in November 2011.

The state's November rate represents 162,182 unemployed people, compared to 174,867 in October and 180,003 in November 2011. …

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