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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

New numbers indicate that over the past year, Alabama has had one of the slowest rates of job growth in the country.

In fact, there is only one other state where the job picture is worse.

The report by AL.com said that the total number of jobs supported by the Alabama economy grew by 0.14% from November 2012 to November 2013.

Only Alaska had a slower growth rate, according to the article.

But Greg Canfield, Secretary for the AL Department of Commerce says in the long term view for Alabama, there's a lot of positive movement and that these new numbers don't take into account the number of jobs available to Alabamians across the state or how much unemployment has decreased over the past few years.

"Part of what we do here at the Department of Commerce and we take the job very seriously, is try to do as much as we can to attract industry both new and expanding industry to help create jobs for Alabamians so when we look at those numbers, they do cause some concern but once you look at what else is happening around the state, there's a lot to be hopeful for," he told WSFA.

Canfield also pointed out that in 2010, Alabama's unemployment rate stood at more than 10%. That number has fallen to 6.2%.

He says there are currently more than 55,000 job openings around the state- 26,000 of them have just become available in the past 30 days. And thousands of jobs created over the past few years are just starting to come online now, he added.

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