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Alabama Businesses
11:30 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

More Than 20 Thousand Ala. Jobs Announced In 2013

While more than 20,000 jobs were announced for 2013 in Alabama there is still work to be done.
Credit Hannah Rosen / Flickr

Last year new and expanding industries announced plans to create more than 20,000 jobs with investments topping $5.4 billion in Alabama.

But those numbers did not include a single new job or investment in almost a dozen of Alabama's 67 counties.

Three-quarters of that investment and two-thirds of the jobs are slated for the state's 15 urban counties, defined as those with cities that have populations of 25,000 people or more, al.com reported. The rest of the new jobs was split among 41 rural counties and the 11 that ended up empty-handed are also all considered rural.

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Landscape Olympics
7:36 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Auburn Hosts 60 Colleges In Landscape Competition

Auburn University will host the "Landscape Olympics" this weekend.
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  More than 800 students from 60 colleges will be at Auburn University this weekend for a national event known as the "Landscape Olympics."

Auburn's team of 40 students will show off their skills in 28 events, including tree climbing.

The National Collegiate Landscape Competition attracts recruiters from 50 companies, including Caterpillar and John Deere. They will be at Auburn scouting for the nation's top prospects during the event.

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Missile Production Facility
8:58 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Raytheon Opens New Alabama Production Facility

Raytheon officials and Alabama politicians cut the ribbon on the missile company's new facility in Huntsville.
Credit Raytheon Company

Raytheon Co. has opened a missile production facility in Huntsville that is expected to initially create 35 new jobs.

Company officials said the new facility at Huntsville's Redstone Arsenal would eventually create 300 jobs with a combination of factory workers and other positions.

Raytheon President Taylor W. Lawrence said the factory will be the most advanced missile integration facility in the world.

Company officials said at the factory workers will complete assembly and testing of the company's missiles and interceptors.

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Alabama Unemployment
4:09 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Alabama's Unemployment Rate Down To 8.1 Percent

Unemployment in Alabama drops for the second straight month.
Credit http://dir.alabama.gov / Alabama Dept. of Industrial Relations

Alabama's unemployment rate has declined for the second month to 8.1 percent.


The state Department of Industrial Relations announced Friday that October's rate is down from a revised rate of 8.2 percent in September. Alabama's unemployment rate increased for four months during the late spring and summer, hitting 8.5 percent in August before declining for the last two months.


Nearly 9,000 more Alabama residents were working in October than in the prior month.

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Governor-Jobs
3:35 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Business Group Backing Bentley Ads For Job Money

Governor Bentley uses political firm to get ads out touting need to pass Amendment 2.
State of Alabama

The political consulting firm that helped Robert Bentley win the governor's office is now helping persuade voters to give him more money to lure jobs to Alabama.

Bentley is appearing in TV ads urging voters to vote yes on Amendment 2 in the election Nov. 6. The ads were done by Dresner Wickers Barber Sanders. That's a San Francisco firm that helped get across Bentley's message in 2010 that he would not draw a salary as governor until he got Alabama's high unemployment rate down to normal levels.

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Unemployment Rate
5:13 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Alabama Unemployment Rate Rises To 8.5 Percent

The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations says the state's unemployment rate is up again.
http://dir.alabama.gov Alabama Dept. of Industrial Relations

Alabama's unemployment rate has risen for the fourth consecutive month to 8.5 percent for August.

The figure announced Friday by the state Department of Industrial Relations represents more than 183,000 unemployed people.

Alabama's unemployment rate has been going up since measuring 7.2 percent in April. It was 7.4 percent in May, 7.8 percent in June and 8.3 percent in July.

Alabama's unemployment rate a year ago was 9.1 percent.

Browns Ferry Jobs
4:58 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

TVA To Add About 100 Jobs To Browns Ferry

TVA plans to add around 100 jobs at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in the next year.
tva.com Tennessee Valley Authority

The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to add around 100 jobs at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in the next year.

The plan, announced Wednesday, is part of an effort to improve performance and safety.

TVA chief nuclear officer Preston Swafford says officials will probably start the hiring process in a couple of months.

Keith Polson, Browns Ferry site vice president, says the new jobs will involve various specialties such as engineering, maintenance, radiation protection, chemistry, work control and emergency planning.

Unemployment Up
5:02 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Alabama Jobless Rate Rises To 8.3 Percent

Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees.
http://dir.alabama.gov Alabama Dept. of Industrial Relations

Alabama's preliminary unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent in July, up from 7.8 percent in June.

Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees announced the new jobless figures in a statement Friday.

He said the state's jobless rate represents 179,535 unemployed persons, compared to 168,602 last month and 202,311 in July 2011.

Surtees says the state agency sees more partial unemployment claims in July and December than any other month, and last month was no exception.

Austal Adds Jobs
5:40 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Austal USA To Add 1,000 Jobs At Mobile Shipyard

PCU Coronado is rolled-out at the Austal USA assembly bay in Mobile.
Official U.S. Navy Imagery Flickr

Alabama's governor says the state will provide $5 million and job training to Austal USA to help the shipbuilder add up to 1,000 jobs in Mobile.

Gov. Robert Bentley was in Mobile on Tuesday to announce an agreement with the Australia-based shipbuilder.

The agreement calls for the state to provide $1 million a year for five years, which will help with the expansion of the Mobile complex.

Bamboo Business
4:17 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Ex-First Lady Aims To Make Alabama A Bamboo Power

Shawn Henning Flickr

Several investors including former Alabama first lady Marsha Folsom say they plan to build a bamboo processing plant in Alabama and turn the state into "the Silicon Valley of bamboo."

Folsom has joined the founders of bamboo flooring company Teragren and two other partners to launch Resource Fiber LLC.

Officials say Folsom will head plans to build an Alabama processing plant that will employ about 100 and open next year.

Folsom said bamboo is a $25 billion industry centered in China, and Alabama is uniquely situated to capture a piece of the market.

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U.S.
5:19 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Offshore Jobs Play Role In Campaigns And Economy

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 4:46 pm

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have been trading attacks over the issue of American jobs being moved overseas.

The president has pounded Romney for the investments made by his former firm Bain Capital in the 1990s. Not to be outdone, the Romney campaign has suggested most of the money from the president's stimulus program went to create jobs overseas.

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Opinion
1:09 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

The Nation: The Public Wants Public Sector Jobs

Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wave at a campaign event on June 18, 2012 in Janesville, Wis. Republicans have pushed deep cuts in public employment since the economic downturn began.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 8:05 am

Bryce Covert is the Editor of the Roosevelt Institute's New Deal 2.0 blog and a writer for The Nation.

It's no secret anymore (particularly since Obama's The-Private-Sector-Is-Doing-Fine-Gate) that there have been huge numbers of government worker layoffs during the recovery. Many are rightly pointing out that this is only making the jobs crisis worse. But what's behind those losses?

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Your Money
4:03 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Raising Minimum Wage: A Help Or Harm?

Wendy Brown of Schenectady, N.Y., holds a sign before an Occupy Albany rally pushing for a raise in New York's minimum wage on May 29, 2012.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 7:55 pm

Back in 1912, Massachusetts became the first place in America to introduce a minimum wage, but it would take another quarter century before a national minimum wage was set.

President Franklin Roosevelt made it law in 1938, that any hourly worker had to be paid at least 25 cents an hour. It was revolutionary, and very few countries had anything like it.

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Planet Money
9:08 am
Fri July 6, 2012

How Unemployment Has Dragged On, In Three Charts

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 10:06 pm

Losing your job is rarely good. Not being able to find one for months can be disastrous for individuals, and bad for society as well. Yet during the recent recession and the current anemic recovery, more people in the U.S. have been unemployed for longer than at any time since 1948.

Of all Americans who were unemployed in June, almost half had been without a job for 27 weeks or longer. In other words, 5.4 million people have been jobless for more than half a year.

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