Alabama unemployment rate rises during September

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - New numbers show the state's unemployment rate rose for September. The unemployment rate now stands at 10.7%, higher than the national number.

Shelby County still holds one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state with 7.6%.

Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees sees one good sign in the new numbers. First time jobless claims dropped to their lowest levels this year.