The State of Working Alabama 2008

What if this is as good as it gets? That’s a question many Alabama workers may ask themselves in the near future as this year’s national economic slump continues. The state’s economy has been healthy in a number of areas since the business cycle last peaked in 2001. The unemployment level is below the national and regional averages. Alabama has added a net of almost 100,000 jobs since 2001. The labor force is more diverse than it was when the decade began. And the state is still ahead of the national curve for the percentage of children with health insurance converage. But warning signs of a potential downturn abound for many working Alabamians.