Black or white, Republican or Democrat, voters in the state list more or less the same top public policy priorities, according to a recent study by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, a nonprofit research organization at Samford University.

According to a Friday announcement from the Alabama Department of Labor, the state had about 2.04 million workers in May— the same as it had 10 years ago, shortly before the 2008 Great Recession hit and left millions of Americans unemployed.

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