Sewell says improved Alabama jobs numbers sign of economic progress
Unemployment rate has fallen in all 14 District 7 counties, state figures show
Birmingham, AL—Figures released today show that Alabama’s unemployment rate has fallen over the past year in all 14 counties in Alabama’s 7th District, a sign that the economic picture is improving, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell said.
Sewell, who is seeking a third-term with a continued focus on creating jobs in the 7th Congressional District of Alabama, said the data from the Alabama Department of Labor is further evidence of continued progress from a deep recession. The Alabama jobless rate was 6.1 percent in January, down from 6.7 percent a year earlier. The rate was down in most of the state’s 67 counties, including all of the 14 counties in Sewell’s 7th District, from Jefferson, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa to the rural Black Belt.
“I support President Obama’s plan to build an economy that is fairer for working people,” Rep. Sewell said. “These jobs numbers show that we are on the right track in Alabama and across the Seventh Congressional District.”
“My office is committed to addressing the issues that cause systemic unemployment in our district,” Sewell said. “We are not where we want to be, but progress has been made.”
To help residents find jobs, Sewell has sponsored an annual job fair, with the next taking place later this year in Montgomery. She is also working with local employers and Alabama’s two-year colleges to develop training and apprenticeship opportunities.
Last year, Sewell created Project R.E.A.D.Y. (Realizing Everyone’s Ability to Develop Yourself), which helps job seekers search for jobs online and learn resume writing skills. She is committed to expanding that initiative in her third term.
For more information of the Sewell re-election campaign, go to www.sewellforcongress.com.