Workforce

Located in North Alabama, Limestone County draws its skilled labor force from several area community colleges, technical colleges, and universities, including Athens State University and Calhoun Community College located within the county. Additionally, high school students have access to technical training programs within the county school system.

Unemployment

 Limestone CountyAlabama
Civilian Labor Force  38,956 2,159,442
Employment  36,696 2,018,340
Unemployment  2,260 141,102
Unemployment Rate  5.8% 6.5%

Source: Alabama Department of Labor, August 2015

Effective Recruiting Area

CountyCivilian Labor ForceEmploymentUnemployedUnemployment Rate
Limestone 38,956 36,696 2,260 5.8%
Madison 168,916 158,920 9,996 5.9%
Morgan 55,299 51,871 3,428 6.2%
Lauderdale 42,371 39,194 3,177 7.5%
Lawrence 13,982 12,861 1,121 8.0%
Giles,TN 14,210 13,280 940 6.6%
Lawrence,TN 17,570 15,970 1,600 9.1%
AREA TOTALS: 351,304 328,792 20,262 7.0%

Source: Alabama Department of Labor, August 2015 and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, January 2015.

Underemployment

 Limestone CountyRegion 2
Workers 12,751 83,204
Rate 24.4% 23.2%

*Includes Limestone, Madison, Morgan, Cullman, Marshall, Jackson, and DeKalb Counties.
Note: Rounding errors may be present. Based on April 2015 labor force data and 2014 underemployment rates.
Source: Center for Business and Economic Research, The University of Alabama and Alabama Department of Labor. Based on December 2012 labor force data and 2012 underemployment rates.

Commuting Patterns

Inflow

Total Primary Jobs: 18,090
Workers Living and Working in Limestone County: 8,844Total Employed in Limestone County, but living Outside the County: 9,246

Area Counties Sending Workers:

CountyCountPercentage
Madison 2,427 48.9%
Morgan 1,511 8.4%
Lauderdale 924 5.1%
Jefferson 469 2.6%
Lawrence 370 2.0%

Outflow

Total Primary Jobs: 29,735
Total Living Limestone County, but Employed Outside the County: 20,891

Area Counties Receiving Workers:

CountyCountPercentage
Madison 11,658 39.2%
Morgan 3,096 10.4%
Jefferson 1,060 3.6%
Lauderdale 363 1.2%
Cullman 354 1.2%

Commuting Patterns Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies, On the Map. 2011 Statistics.

Limestone County Economic Development Association
1806 Wilkinson Street   |   Athens, AL 35611   |   Phone: 256-232-2386   |   View all contact information