That leaves 5,079 people in the county looking for work. The surrounding counties all saw a slight decline in the number of unemployed people with the exception of Cherokee County, which also held steady. In Cherokee 1,057 people were unemployed, 9.1 percent of the working-age population seeking employment. That rate didn’t change from August.
In Clay County, the unemployment rate fell to 12 percent from 12.3 percent in August. In Cleburne, the unemployment rate dropped from 9 percent to 8.7 percent. In Randolph County, the rate fell from 11.9 percent in August to 11.8 percent in September and in Talladega County the rate declined from 10.9 percent to 10.7 percent.
Contact staff writer Laura Camper at 256-235-3545.