Anniston’s mayor says city needs to work on unemployment numbers

High unemployment rates in Anniston

ANNISTON, AL (WBRC) -The mayor of Anniston says the city needs to do a little more to reduce unemployment numbers.

Figures released Friday show the state with a record low 3.7% unemployment rate. Anniston, however, has a rate of 5.2% that ties with Bessemer as the fourth highest in the state. Mayor Jack Draper says it's "something we clearly need to work on."

Draper says there are jobs available from local manufacturers and retailers and potential employers are recruiting for those positions.

“First of all we need to work better with our local employers as far as getting out the word that there are jobs available, and indeed there are jobs available in our community,” Draper says. He says the city has promoted those jobs before in job fairs.

Draper also says the city needs to work closely with workforce partners such as Anniston City Schools, Gadsden State Community College and Jacksonville State University. He says city officials have had "meaningful discussions" with those partners.

Draper says some recent economic developments, such as the closing of a local Winn Dixie store and the layoffs and restructuring at a Federal Mogul factory in nearby Jacksonville, had some effect on the numbers but not as much as the other items did.

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