A federal report shows Hurricane Katrina forced more than one-sixth of Alabama’s businesses to shut down at least temporarily, though the state fared much better than Louisiana and Mississippi.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report says more than 20,000 Alabama businesses or 17.7 percent of the state's total, were closed by the storm.
Some of those businesses, especially in hard-hit areas like Dauphin Island near Mobile, remain closed.
Most were closed a few hours or days due to lost power and have since re-opened.
The report shows that some 317,000 workers, or 17.1 percent of Alabama’s work force, were affected by the storm.
In Mississippi, 63.3 percent of that state's businesses were affected.
And, in Louisiana, 71.6 percent of the businesses were temporarily shut down by the hurricane.