Jobs continue to be created in the Crimson state. Between 2003 and 2004, 100,000 jobs were added statewide. The increase has been steady through this year. The increase in jobs, mainly in the factory and retail sections, helped keep unemployment to 3.9% in July 2006. Wages have grown very slowly, with an increase of just 1.5% from 2004-2006.Education continues to meet the new higher standards set about by the Federal Government. The adequate yearly Progress for 2006 showed 87% of all of Alabamas 1,364 school districts passed. Only 170 schools did not. High School graduation rates continue to climb also. In the year 2000, the graduation rate was at 75.3% whereas in 1990 it was only 66.9%.