When I was growing up in Haleyville, I can remember people in July and August saying, “it’s hotter’n blue blazes outside.”

Well, you could certainly describe America and Alabama’s current economic boom as being “hotter’n blue blazes.”

Alabama’s economy is scorching hot, with the lowest unemployment numbers in our state’s history. One county economic development director told me that, “if you want a job, you can find one right now.”

I don’t doubt that’s true, but unfortunately it also depends on what part of the state you live in.

If you are willing and able to drive a couple of hours to and from work, then you certainly have many more options. Our Defense and Space industries are experiencing tremendous growth. Agriculture is booming. Alabama is the nation’s second largest producer of poultry – and that’s a good thing.

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