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Jobless rate nears 14 percent

Same news, different month.

Butler County’s unemployment rate continued to tick upwards, rising to 13.9 percent for the month of June, according to data released Friday by the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations. The county’s jobless rate was 13.2 percent in May.

Unemployment was 7.9 percent last June in the county.

The ADIR said that 1,289 people were unemployed in Butler County in May. That number will likely increase in the coming months as more displaced workers from Chapman Forest Products file for unemployment. The company announced plans to shutdown in June, which leaves an estimated 263 people out of work.

By August, Butler County’s unemployment could meet or exceed the 17.1 percent of August 1999, which is the county’s highest unemployment rate in the last 20 years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.