Add Alabama and Florida credit unions to the growing list ofstates that are seeing positive member business lendingactivity.

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According to the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, Florida credit unionsgrew their MBL portfolios by 2.6% in the fourth quarter and 2% for2011 year over year. Alabama's credit unions grew their MBLs by2.7% for 2011 year over year.

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The overall quality of loans steadily improved in 2011, theleague reported. Delinquent loans in Alabama have fallen for thesecond consecutive year and remain below the national average.

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In Florida, the league said delinquent loans remain above the national averagebut have fallen for two straight years and are under 3% for thefirst time in four years.

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Net chargeoffs are at a five-year low in Alabama and below thenational average while net chargeoffs in Florida dropped for thethird straight year, according to the league.

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In other areas, Alabama and Florida credit unions added $2.7billion in assets in 2011 which included $1.3 billion added in thefourth quarter.

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Membership also rose in the fourth quarter with an additional34,000 new members for a total of 110,000 new members between thestates for 2011 – 75,000 new members in Florida, the largest gainin more than five years, and 35,000 in Alabama, the largest gain infour years, the league said.

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Patrick La Pine, LSCU president/CEO, touts the league'sCooperative Image Campaign along with Bank Transfer Day for themembership boost last year.

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