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March 31, 2013

State unemployment rate up, Limestone stays level

— Limestone County’s jobless rate was unchanged from January to February at 7 percent, while neighboring counties of Madison and Morgan saw slight increases.

Figures released Friday by the state Department of Labor show Madison County’s rate increased from 6.6 to 6.8 percent, while Morgan increased from 7.2 to 7.4 percent.

The state’s overall jobless rate increased from 6.9 percent in January to 7.2 percent in February. The rate is the same as it was in February 2012.

Limestone’s jobless rate one year ago was 6.8 percent.

Statewide, the number of unemployed people looking for work grew by more than 6,000 from January to 154,885.

Even with the increase, Alabama's rate was lower than its neighbors. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Florida measured 7.7 percent, Tennessee 7.8 percent, Georgia 8.6 percent and Mississippi 9.6 percent. The national rate was 7.7 percent.

 

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