New numbers show sluggish economic recovery in Alabama

New numbers show sluggish economic recovery in Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Federal numbers show the economic recovery in Alabama may be a bit more sluggish than other states. The Bureau of Economic Analysis found eight of Alabama's twelve metro areas, including Montgomery, saw a decline in gross domestic product last year.

Montgomery saw a decline of 0.6% from 2011 to 2012, with a gross domestic product of more than $15 billion.

"We see that manufacturing is very, very strong, mostly coming from automobile manufacturing. Construction was positive as far as the detailed numbers were concerned," said Dr. Keivan Deravi, an economist at Auburn-Montgomery. "What was surprising was retail, financial sector, insurance sector, some of the service sector were negative." 

Deravi said the numbers will be subject to revision, so Montgomery may end up seeing a slight uptick in GDP, a measure of a region's prosperity. He said the general trend of a sluggish economy will continue.

"We have to get used to it that job formation, income formation will be just a little slower than otherwise, it's technology, it's globalization."

While the state is seeing growth in areas like manufacturing, Deravi says the really high tech, high wage jobs mostly remain elusive, because Alabama does not have a critical mass of skilled workers that other states have. 

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