Hardly a day goes by without a politician telling us that education in our public schools in throttling economic growth in Alabama. This, of course, is the political rationale for asking voters to approve a constitutional amendment next March to change from an elected state school board to an appointed one.
However, then up pops the June report from the state department of labor about unemployment and jobs and let’s all the air out of the political balloon Here is what AL.com said about the June figures.
“The Alabama Department of Labor said today that the state set several economic records in June – good ones – for high employment and low unemployment.
Alabama’s unemployment rate last month was 3.5 percent, a new record, beating the previous low of 3.7 percent. The state reported 2,160,931 people employed, more than 10,000 when compared to the previous month and almost 49,000 more than a year ago at this time. That was also a high mark, as was the civilian labor force mark of 2.24 million. That number represents the number of people, aged 16 and over, who are either working or looking for work, excluding the military and those in institutions.
The number of people counted as unemployed also dropped to a new record low of 79,378, a drop of 9,853 people from exactly one year ago.
All 67 counties saw declines in their over-the-year unemployment rates, with drops ranging from half a percentage point to more than three percentage points.
To illustrate the state’s job market, Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington pointed to Wilcox County. During the recession, the county’s unemployment rate peaked at 31 percent in February 2010. In June, the rate was 7.3 percent, its third lowest. The county’s unemployment rate has dropped 3.4 percentage points just in the last year.
Gov. Kay Ivey said, “These gains are momentous, and we certainly hope they continue as the year progresses.”
In addition, Washington said Alabama saw its second highest average weekly earnings in history in June, with workers earning $44.76 more per week than a year ago, and $21.91 more than the previous month. Total private industry average weekly earnings measured $860.73 in June.”
Heck, even little ole Washington County’s unemployment rate, which Soner Tarim says has the worst school system in the history of mankind, is less than four percent. A drop of almost one percentage point since June 2018. But then we must remember that the only job Tarim is interested in is one for himself as the management consultant for Woodland Prep charter school in Washington County.
So why deal with facts? After all, he’s already shown us that he doesn’t believe in them.