The State of Working Alabama 2007

The rising tide hasn’t lifted all boats in Alabama.  The state’s economy has grown in a number of ways since the recession of 2001-02. The unemployment level is notably below the national and regional average, with some areas of the state experiencing what economists would call full employment. Almost 100,000 new jobs have been created since 2002. Median wages for college graduates have risen at a higher rate in Alabama than in the South or the United States since the turn of the century. And the state is still ahead of the national curve for the percentage of children with health insurance. But for many working Alabamians, the news is far from sunshine and rainbows.