Good news come with labor numbers

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Whoever said good news never comes to Selma will not like the fact that Dallas County’s unemployment rate continues to decline even as the state’s rate is climbing.

What does this mean?

It means that Selma and Dallas County is providing more jobs than before.

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It means that people who a year ago, six months ago who woke up and wondered how they were going to pay their bills are bringing a pay check home and paying taxes to the city, county and state.

With the financial condition of our state the best possible solution is to put Alabamians to work.

According to the Times-Journal yesterday the State of Alabama’s unemployment rate rose from 5.6 percent in February to 5.9 percent in March.

For Dallas County the rate fell from February’s 10.7 percent mark to 10.6 percent in March.

Even better the numbers are more than a percentage point down from March 2003’s jobless rate of 12 percent.

For the state there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

While the South reported an overall loss of manufacturing jobs, recent months have seen an increase in the jobs available, mostly in the service industry sector of employment.

The good news doesn’t stop there.

This figure does not include the fact that the newly announced Lear corporation supplier Renosol will be bringing 120 jobs to Dallas County.

Nor does it include the jobs that are going to come with Selma’s newest building supplier, Marvin’s.

Finally Selma has set an example for the state to follow. Dallas County is finding jobs for its citizens.

What more can you ask for?