Alabama's Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.1%
Office of the Governor
January 18, 2013
MONTGOMERY - Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced that Alabama's preliminary December 2012 unemployment rate is 7.1%, down from November's rate of 7.5% and below December 2011's rate of 8.0%.
The December 2012 rate represents 152,638 unemployed persons, down from 162,169 the previous month and 174,443 in December 2011.
The December 2012 rate is also below the national rate of 7.8%.
"We are encouraged to see our unemployment rate drop once again," Governor Bentley said. "Over the past 12 months, we've seen the total number of unemployed persons drop by nearly 22,000. Still, we must remember that many people are looking for work. Job creation remains my number-one priority, and I will continue working every day to bring more jobs to Alabama."
Figures from the Alabama Department of Labor show annual gains in wage and salary employment were seen in the manufacturing sector (+7,600), the professional & business services sector (+4,500), the leisure & hospitality sector (+3,400) and the trade, transportation & utilities sector (+2,500).
"While the decrease in the number of unemployed persons is certainly welcomed, along with the other positive signs we've been seeing recently, we will continue to work to improve the employment picture in Alabama," Department of Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said. "Governor Bentley and our Department of Commerce are working to bring jobs to the state, and the staff in our Career Centers will continue to work to help the unemployed and underemployed find the right career."
Alabama's fastest-growing industries for 2012
By Alex Walsh | email@example.com
on January 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM
Alabama's largest private industry was also the fastest-growing line of work in 2012
Manufacturing employment in Alabama grew more than 3 percent over the course of 2012, today's jobs estimates show. The number of manufacturing jobs in the state grew from 239,100 to 246,700.
Of the 10 groups of industries tracked by the Department of Labor, six grew, and four shrank. The hardest-hit industry was information services, which lost 2,000 jobs, an 8.7 percent decrease.
Government ended the year down 1.4 percent, but remains the state's largest industry, even ahead of manufacturing. The state ended the year with roughly 370,800 government positions, the DOL estimates.
Huntsville hosts workshop for $1B national manufacturing initiative
By Martin Swant | firstname.lastname@example.org
on January 17, 2013
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Hundreds of industry experts, executives, academics and government officials from around the U.S. met in Huntsville on Wednesday to begin talking about how to create a manufacturing network to keep the nation innovative and competitive.
The Dept. of Defense, NASAand the University of Alabama at Huntsville hosted a daylong workshop to continue developing the framework for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, a $1 billion initiative proposed in 2011 by President Barack Obama and organized by the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) at the National Institute of Science and Technology.
The proposal is to create 15 centers across the country where states, cities, companies and colleges can collaborate to apply new technologies in ways that improve U.S. manufacturing and innovation.
The workshop brought 350 attendees to learn and discuss ways to implement the proposal in a way that creates jobs, new technology and a stronger economy.
Students get head start on aviation careers
By Jim Cook
Jan. 17, 2013
HEADLAND -- Aaron Walls looks on as one of his students uses a wrench to loosen and tighten a bolt on a training apparatus.
Walls said that teaching students mechanical basics, such as proper use of common tools, is important as many students today don't have the mechanical experience their parents did.
"You've gotta look at it like they've never touched a tool in their lives," Walls said.
Walls' class at the Headland Airport will remedy any lack of mechanical experience, and give students a head start on a career in aviation maintenance.
Walls teaches aviation airframe and powerplant courses at the Headland Airport. Students from Headland High School, Abbeville High School, Northview High School and Dothan High School take the class, which is offered through the Alabama Aviation Center in Ozark.
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