MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations has released July's unemployment numbers and according to Director Tom Surtees, Alabama's rate rose to 10%, a slight rise from June's rate of 9.9%. Last year at this time the rate was at 9.2%. In terms of individual workers, this translates to 215,902 unemployed persons in Alabama in July, compared to 213,866 last month and 194,194 a year ago.
Tom Surtees says, "While we are disappointed to report any increase in our seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, we are encouraged by the jobs coming into the state. There are significantly more Alabamians working in July than in January this year. In addition, we continue to see more discouraged workers resuming their job search, with more unemployed active job seekers in July. So while we have seen more jobs, we have also seen more job seekers as well."
The counties with the lowest unemployment rates were: Shelby County at 7.