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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — The number of Alabamians holding down a job in January reached the highest point since late 2008 as new jobs were added at a rapid pace, Governor Robert Bentley announced today.

“For the past two months, more than 2 million people are working in this state, which hasn’t happened since November 2008. We continue to remain hopeful that our economy is turning around and Alabamians are gaining employment,” Governor Bentley said in a statement.

According to the Governor’s Office, the number of Alabamians reported as employed in January in the Current Population Survey was 2,006,903, up around 5,000 from the December 2014 figure. The last time the number was higher was November 2008, when the number of Alabama residents working was 2,007,253. The effects of the most severe U.S. recession in decades began being felt shortly afterward.

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