Over 209k Jobs Created In July

The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday that the US economy created over 209,000 jobs in July. It was the sixth straight month of job gains over 200,000. The jobs report followed a strong report on second quarter GDP which showed more than 4% growth. The US economy has averaged over 244,000 jobs created over…


Second Quarter GDP Rises Faster Than Expected

The US economy grew much faster than expected in the second quarter of 2014. GDP expanded at a 4% annual rate in the quarter where as experts predicted growth would come in at 3%. The first quarter GDP drop was revised down from 2.9% to 2.1% as well. The GDP numbers reflect the growth in…


US And Chinese Manufacturing Expanding

The world economy looks to be in good shape as summer begins. According to HSBC/Markit, both the US and China saw manufacturing activity grow in June. While the US had a strong second quarter overall, China saw expansion for the first time in six months. The US Flash manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) jumped from…


Alabama Unemployment Drops In May

The unemployment rate in Alabama dropped slightly in May. The rate for April stood at 6.9%, while May’s figure came in at 6.8%. The unemployment rate is still a fair bit higher than last year at this time, when it came in at 6.4%. According to the data, there were more than 147,000 Alabamians looking…


Local Business Profile: Merle Norman Cosmetics

Today we are spotlighting another local business: Merle Norman Cosmetics. This boutique makeup franchise began in 1932. The local branch was opened in Chickasaw in the early 1970s before moving to Saraland in the late 70s. Current owners Gary and Debbie Eddins have run the Saraland store for over 16 years. Merle Norman products are…


175K Jobs Added In February

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its February jobs report today, and the numbers were far more encouraging than the previous two months. The US economy added 175,000 jobs in the year’s shortest month. The unemployment rate ticked up slightly from 6.6% to 6.7%, but this is considered a positive sign as it means more…


Local Business Profile: Fiber-Tech Boat Repair

Spring is right around the corner, and for a lot of locals, that means its time to hit the river. Those looking to get their boat repaired or serviced before hitting the water have plenty of options locally, and today we’ll be spotlighting Fiber-Tech Boat Repair. Fiber-Tech Boat Repair is owned by Daryl Few. It…


Local Business Profile: Explosive Signs And Graphics

In the suburbs, road signs are very important to businesses. Explosive Signs and Graphics has been providing this service, and many others, to local businesses for over 10 years. This Saraland business has become a vital part of the community. In big cities, customers can walk from point A to point B. Window shopping isn’t…