According to the Birmingham Business Journal, Alabama has lost 93,000 jobs since 2000.
In fact, Alabama has lost more jobs, by percentage (5.89%), than 45 other states.
I am not sure why these figures do not generate more news coverage and commentary. I previously discussed how the most recent downturn effected Alabama more severely that other states. Instead of plodding along as before, we certainly need to examine and identify the causes of our economic vulnerability and fragility. The concentration on the “big” likely attributed the most. The policies and models of the past certainly violate the proverb from Ecclesiastes: Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.