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LABOR DAY: Alabama jobs rising in manufacturing, bioscience fields

With three busy vehicle assembly factories, a major engine plant and a vast supplier network that stretches across the state, it’s no surprise that a large part of Alabama’s recent job growth has been driven by the auto industry.

The state’s durable goods manufacturing sector has grown by nearly 26,000 jobs over the past five years, according to the latest data from the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

Most of the growth in Alabama jobs was in automotive or transportation-related manufacturing, said Ahmad Ijaz, the center’s executive director and director of economic forecasting.

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