Unemployment Numbers Slightly Down

Unemployment Numbers Slightly Down

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When it comes to the unemployment rate do the numbers really matter? Kelly Peacock, who works downtown says not so much.

"I think the numbers can tell you a lot about how the economy is doing, but I don't think it tells the whole story. just working downtown and seeing all the empty buildings and things it makes me feel like the economy has not done anything for downtown Mobile in particular, but I do think that with Airbus coming it will definitely improve," said Peacock.

Alabama is down point 3 percent from the previous month, showing a gain in the number of people finding work. Governor Robert Bentley adds the numbers also show people are regaining confidence in the economy.

"It is just a number in a slice of time, but it's always good to see that trend and the trend is that the unemployment rate is decreasing, but what's important is the number of jobs are actually increasing," said Bentley.

David Owen is a pharmacist. He says he's seen a turn around in his line of work, but there's concern for his son who will graduate college next year.

"There's fears of the unknown. We really don't know what's coming for us after that. There's no real sense of well now that you have this degree you can go and apply for jobs," said Owen, who is majoring in music.

Although he chose a major he's passionate about, many graduates are finding themselves majoring in what the economy has to offer, and in Mobile the outlook on the aerospace industry is a positive one.

"I think that people need to be more proactive now. I think it's always important to be well read. that you also need to look at engineering and scientific jobs so that you can fill job opportunities coming your way," said Susan Wallace, who has a positive outlook on the economy.

"You know we've announce thousand jobs since I've been governor and these are high paying jobs and they haven't even come yet, many of them, we are going to work on suppliers to come in for Airbus," said Governor Bentley.

Governor Bentley says he's diligently working to recruit more suppliers to the Port City ahead of Airbus, giving many hope in the slightly decreasing unemployment rate for the state.

Despite the good news, Governor Robert Bentley still hasn't gotten a pay check in more than two years. He made a campaign promise not to draw a salary until the unemployment rate is at five point two percent. Today he told us he's confident that will happen while he's in office.

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