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Cautiously optimistic

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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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Of the new claims, 54 percent are thought to be related to COVID-19.


Biden has said that disappointing January job numbers justify the massive coronavirus aid package.


Claimants eligible for these payments will need to take no action other than continuing to file weekly certifications.


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