(MOBILE, Ala.) Alabama's unemployment rose half a percentage point in the month of July.
The state's rate is now at 8.3% according to the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations. Part of the reason for the increase, a higher number of partial unemployment claims. Those are claims filed by workers who have been laid off for less than three weeks.
In Mobile County the number of unemployed is more than 10%, that's about 19,600 people looking for work. Meanwhile Baldwin the numbers haven't moved, nearly 7,000 people are jobless.