Recession ends 'decade of lost potential' for Alabama workers, report says

Soaring unemployment and a deep recession are capping off "a decade of lost potential" for many Alabama workers, according to The State of Working Alabama 2009, a new Arise Citizens' Policy Project report.

Years of solid productivity growth in Alabama have brought little change to the state's median wages or median household income since 2001. The shares of Alabamians who live in poverty or lack health insurance also have shown no appreciable declines in the last decade. The rising cost of college tuition poses problems for low- and middle-income workers, the study finds, as does a regressive tax system that makes them pay a larger share of their incomes in state and local taxes than people with higher incomes do.

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