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.

“The purpose of this event is to ensure that ham operators can set their station up and be able to operate on other power sources, other than commercial power, like generators, solar, etc.…” said Lee Ann Brooks with the Bald Rock Amateur Radio Club.