Alabama Unemployment dips, Tuscaloosa Jewish food festival, Mobile Earth Day celebration

Apr 17, 2015

Alabama’s unemployment rate dipped slightly last month.

Gov. Robert Bentley says the state’s unemployment rate for March is 5.7 percent.  Alabama’s jobless rate has not been at that point or below since July 2008.

He says the rate remains below the 7.2 percent seasonally adjusted rate from the same time a year ago.      

Friday's announcement is the largest gains in the last month came from about 3,800 jobs.  The numbers were bolstered by jobs in the leisure and hospitality sectors. There are also close to two thousand new jobs in trade, transportation and utilities.

If menu items like kugel, brisket, and matzah sound good, then Sunday’s Jewish Food Festival in Tuscaloosa might be the event for you. APR’s Pat Duggins has more…

The Sisterhood of Tuscaloosa’s Temple Emanu-El is putting on the Jewish food festival as a fundraiser for its community outreach program. The effort also includes the Bloom Hill-el Jewish Student Center at the University of Alabama. We caught up with director Lisa Besnoy while she was making up baklava for the event. She says it’s not tough to get students to try different food items, even in Alabama where barbeque is king…

“We will have students who are here to help work the event, they’ll tell their friends about the event. So, I find that students are very interested in trying new things, and exploring the things that are available on campus.”

Visitors can buy a box lunch or visit the tasting table. The event starts this Sunday at noon at Temple Emanu-el in Tuscaloosa.

The environmental event known as Earth Day isn’t until next Wednesday. But, that isn’t stopping the city of Mobile from observing the day tomorrow. Mobile’s Earth Day will be at the Fairhope pier park to promote environmental citizenship and awareness.

Gary Gover** is the president and chairman of Earth Day Mobile Bay. He says their mission is to inform the public.

“Our mission is to broaden and expand the public understanding of the environment and the impacts of the environment that the public needs to know something about and also to provide an introduction and a good time for youngsters and people of all ages” (18 seconds)

Admission to the event is free. There will be live performances and food vendors for the whole family.