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Cullman Times: Signs of hope for 2012

CULLMAN — Alabama’s unemployment drop in November tied the state for second largest decrease in the nation.

The state also holds the third-lowest unemployment rate in the Southeast.

News of this type is a welcome sign as 2011 draws to a close. With unemployment rate now at 8.7 percent, the state is almost level with the nation’s rate of 8.6 percent. In the region, Alabama is showing one of the stronger comebacks among states.

The rebound in Alabama has been stronger than some economists anticipated, and that’s particularly true in Cullman County where the unemployment rate has dropped even lower.

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