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Jobs available for out-of-work Alabamians despite state's 6.4% unemployment rate

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Alabama's unemployment rate has risen to 6.4 percent.

The state Department of Labor says the February rate is up from 6.1 percent in January, but it's below the same month last year, when Alabama measured 6.6 percent.

"Although we saw an uptick in the state's unemployment rate, we also saw an increase in the number of people working, as well as the number of people in the labor force," said State Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees. "These indicators, combined with an increase in the number of jobs reported by employers, tell me that more people are out in the workforce - either looking for jobs or working, and that is certainly good news."

Despite the numbers, there is also more good news about the forecast of the workforce, according to Surtees.

"Additionally, we continue to see high numbers of jobs posted on JobLink, the state's free online jobs database, and online ads for jobs statewide top 48,000," said Surtees. "Just this week, we announced that we would be offering additional career center services in Lowndes County, which has one of the higher unemployment rates in the state. Hopefully the free services offered there will help the unemployed citizens in that area get back to work."

Officials say 18,955 active job orders were placed on JobLink in February. "The Help Wanted Online (HWOL) data show that 48,213 job ads were placed online in February."

Speaking of jobs, Winn-Dixie is holding a job fair and on-site interviews at its location in Hueytown.

Winn-Dixie is looking to fill positions for cashiers, baggers, deli, bakery, grocery, dairy, meat and seafood departments, and manager-level positions.

The job fair is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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