According to the U.S. Department of Labor's latest rankings, Birmingham, Alabama, had the second-lowest unemployment rate of metropolitan areas with more than a million people in June 2021.
In response to this, The Wall Street Journal sought out expertise from local economists including Jeremy Thornton, associate dean and the Dwight Moody Beeson chair of business, in Samford University's Brock School of Business.
In the article, Welcome to Birmingham, Ala., One of the U.S.'s Tightest Labor Markets, Thornton discusses local industries and their resistance to economic fluctuations.
The story also highlights The Essential, a restaurant in downtown Birmingham co-owned by alumnus Victor King '12 . King and his business partner, Kristen Hall, discuss how they're managing the effect the pandemic is having on their business.