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Ala. In 10 Worst States For Unemployment

Montgomery, AL – Alabama has moved into a Top Ten list it didn't want.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Alabama's 10.7 percent unemployment rate for September ranks 10th worst among the 50 states. Alabama was about in the middle of the states a year ago when its jobless rate was 5.4 percent.

Alabama's change of 5.3 percentage points during the last year is the third highest in the country. The director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama, Sam Addy, says the recession hit Alabama later than many states, but the impact has been great because of the loss of manufacturing jobs.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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