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CULLMAN — Alabama’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly three years, leaving two local lawmakers cautiously optimistic about the future.

A gradual decline in unemployment went from 9.8 percent in September to 9.3 percent in October, and finally to 8.7 percent for November.

Politicians across the state have been hesitant to attribute the decline in unemployment to the tough new immigration law, which faces a multitude of legal challenges, but some are speculating that a glimmer of better economic days could be ahead.

“That’s good news to hear. I hope the decline in unemployment continues,” said state Rep. Jeremy Oden, a Cullman County Republican. “There is some indication this may be a reflection of more of the permanent jobs instead of the temporary ones.”

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Economy

The unemployment rate is 3.1 percent, unchanged from September, but well below October 2020’s rate of 4.7 percent.

Prisons

“COVID-19 relief money should be used for COVID-19 relief. Period,” Congresswoman Terri Sewell said.

Governor

Ivey said the prison crisis is not the fault of any one administration, but is due to “decades upon decades of neglect.”

Economy

August’s rate represents 69,005 unemployed persons, compared to 71,678 in July and 156,709 in August 2020.