More than 20 thousand Ala. jobs announced in 2013

Last year new and expanding industries announced plans to create more
than 20,000 jobs with investments topping $5.4 billion in Alabama.

But those numbers did not include a single new job or investment in almost a dozen of Alabama's 67 counties.

of that investment and two-thirds of the jobs are slated for the
state's 15 urban counties, defined as those with cities that have
populations of 25,000 people or more, reported. The rest of the
new jobs was split among 41 rural counties and the 11 that ended up
empty-handed are also all considered rural,

Despite the rapid
growth of the auto industry over the past two decades, and now with the
burgeoning aerospace sector, some parts of the state are simply being
left behind.

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