While the employment picture is bleak all over, things seem to be a little better across the state line in DeKalb County, Alabama.  Recently The Childrens Place, a massive childrens clothing distribution center announced that they would be adding 250 jobs at their facility in Ft. Payne.

Now word comes that another industry that will start off with at least 15 new employees is opening it’s doors in DeKalb County, Alabama.  Lee Energy Solutions will be opening manufacturing facilities on Highway 68 in the Crossville area.  The company will make wood pellets as a source of alternative fuel.

Also, Dekalb County was one of the few counties in our area that saw a decrease in the unemployment rate in December.  While the unemployment numbers are higher than this time last year in DeKalb County they did see a decrease from 7.8% in November to 7.2% in December.