Category Archives: Alabama’s Economy

A discussion of issues affecting the Alabama economy by newspaper business columnist William Bruce.

Banks Rated Strongest to Weakest in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Alabama

Banks are often placed on a pedestal in the public mind, but they are like any other category of business in that some are stronger and better managed than others. Following are Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama banks rated strongest to weakest. Continue reading

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Banks Ranked Strongest to Weakest in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Alabama

Information suggests that banks operating in Mobile and Baldwin Counties are improving in financial strength. Of the 28 banks ranked here, seven improved since our last report. Only one bank in the two counties lost ground. Continue reading

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Montgomery and Mobile Lead Alabama Metro Areas in Business Confidence Index

Montgomery continues to be the most optimistic of the four metro areas tracked by the survey with an index of 51.3 prediction for the fourth quarter of this year. Confidence among Mobile businesses rose 2.1 points to 51.0, following the Airbus announcement and improving job growth. Continue reading

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Boeing Continues to Whine About Airbus

Airbus announced today it will locate an aircraft assembly plant in Mobile, Alabama. Boeing promptly issued a whining objection.

So, what else is new?

Boeing’s latest whine alleges Airbus has recieved too much in the way of incentives from the French government. Nevermind that Boeing has received billions in favorable treatment from the U.S.

Perhaps a review of the former criminal enterprise currently known as Boeing and its relationship to Mobile, Alabama is in order. Continue reading

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Alabama Cities Ranked by Strength of Local Economies: Two in Top 10% Nationally

Policom Corporation has just released its 2012 rankings. The firm is an independent economics research organization based in Palm City, Florida, which specializes in analyzing local economies. Alabama has two cities ranked nationally in the top 10 percent of all 366 metro areas. To find out where your city ranks, read the full article. Continue reading

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Alabama Business Confidence Improves Slightly: Montgomery Is Most Optmistic, Huntsville Least

Business sentiment measured by UA’s Alabama Business Confidence Index™ (ABCI) moved back into positive territory at 50.8 for the first quarter of 2012, up 5.3 points from last quarter’s 45.5. Panelists are generally feeling mildly optimistic about their prospects this quarter, with all four industry indicators at or above 50. Continue reading

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Small Business Survival Index Ranks States for Entrepreneurship

The Small Business Entrepreneurship Council has released its 2011 annual ranking of the states for small business and entrepreneurship. The top states are …. Continue reading

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