State and local unemployment

Statewide unemployment was up last month but local unemployment was down. Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees announced today that the state’s August unemployment rate was eight-point-five percent up from July’s rate of eight-point-three. But in Marshall County, the jobless figure went down from eight-point-four in July to eight-point-one percent in August. DeKalb County went from nine-point-nine to nine-point-three, Etowah: eight-point-eight to eight-point-seven, Calhoun: nine-point-four to eight-point-nine, Cherokee: eight-point-six to eight-point-zero, and Blount County went from seven-point-four percent unemployment in July to seven-point-two percent in August.