Alabama’s unemployment rate continues to drop amid state-wide enforcement of a new immigration law, despite Democratic efforts to block and stigmatize the popular reform.
December’s unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent, down from 8.7 percent in November and 9.8 percent in September.
“In the last three months alone, we’ve seen an unprecedented drop of 1.7 percentage points,” noted Alabama Republican Gov. Robert Bentley in a Jan. 20 statement.
“Our rate is once again below the national average, and over 41,000 more Alabamians are employed now than at the beginning of the year… but we still have work to do,” said Bentley.
The drop began after a bipartisan 2011 law toughened the state’s immigration enforcement policies.
The reform prompted many low-skilled illegal immigrants to leave the state, and was slammed by advocates for illegal immigrants, including Tom Perez, the chief of the Justice Department’s civil regulation division.
Many established media outlets have highlighted the departing illegals and controversial portions of the law — which forced schools to verify the immigration status of students, while downplaying the employment gains and the law’s popularity.
Perez and immigration advocates have sued the state to halt enforcement of the apparent employment-boosting measure.
The Democrats’ focus on immigration is largely intended to rally Hispanic voters behind President Barack Obama.
Multiple polls show that Hispanic-American voters believe that jobs and education are their top political issues.
But the polls also show that heated controversies over immigration tend to rally Hispanic support for Democratic candidates.
Alabama’s unemployment rate is now the 28th lowest in the country. In September the state placed near the bottom of the national list, at number 42.
The state has also added 35,400 new jobs since January 2011.
~ It is VERY important for anyone in Rep. Baucus district to vote for Alabama Sen. Scott Beason who sponsored the immigration law and will not cave like the RINOs in Congress