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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More than 3,000 Alabama workers have filed for unemployment compensation benefits because the tornadoes April 27 knocked them out of work, and that could cause a slight increase of about one-tenth of a percentage point in the state’s unemployment rate. [See Southern tornadoes strike struggling employment regions]

State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said Monday the 3,055 claims are expected to grow by 500 to 700 per day for a few days and then start declining next week as businesses that primarily shut down due to power outages return to full employment.

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