Not-So Sweet Home Alabama: How Licensing Holds Back The Yellowhammer State

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As 2020, a year that most of us would likely sooner forget, fades into the rearview mirror, the labor market nationally continues to rebound from the significant downturn resulting from COVID-19 and the associated state policies meant to reduce the spread of the disease. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in December 2020 the unemployment rate in Alabama was 3.9 percent—better than the national average (6.7 percent). Despite the difficulties of dealing with COVID-19, most Alabamans are able to benefit from this robust job market. However, some of the most vulnerable citizens of the state are blocked from receiving an invitation to the party because of onerous occupational licensing laws.

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