Editorials: Jobs Jobs Jobs

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – there's been a lot of talk lately about what can be done to spur job creation in our country and further reduce unemployment.

We in Alabama are among 12 states that experienced significant month over month unemployment rate declines in October according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Alabama, Michigan and Minnesota all saw decreases in their unemployed by .5%.  In Alabama our state unemployment now stands at 9.3%, still slightly higher the U.S. average of 9.0%, but this reduction means 9,836 Alabamians are now back on payrolls.

The Republican leadership in the legislature has stated that their number one priority in this - their second regular session in majority - is jumpstarting job growth in Alabama.  They have a number of promising bills including streamlined tax incentives, "Made in Alabama" job incentives and tax incentives for hiring veterans returning from war just to name a few.

We look forward to learning more about these bills in the coming months and during what we expect will be a productive legislative session come February.  In the mean time, we'll be watching.  Let's all hold our state legislators accountable and make certain they fulfill their promises.  Let's get Alabama back to work.

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