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  41,137 2,196,581
Employment  39,578 2,089,217
Unemployment  1,559 107,364
Unemployment Rate  3.8% 4.9%

Source: Alabama Department of Labor, May 2017

Effective Recruiting Area

CountyCivilian Labor ForceEmploymentUnemployedUnemployment Rate
Limestone 41,137 39,578 1,559 3.8%
Madison 175,910 169,444 6,466 3.7%
Morgan 55,465 53,313 2,152 3.9%
Lauderdale 42,642 40,819 1,823 4.3%
Lawrence 13,653 13,003 650 4.8%
Giles,TN 15,650 15,030 620 4.0%
Lawrence,TN 17,820 16,900 930 5.2%
AREA TOTALS: 362,287 348,087 14,200 3.9%

Source: Alabama Department of Labor, May 2017 and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, March 2017.

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 12,917 41.3%
Morgan 3,211 10.3%
Lauderdale 323 1.0%
Jefferson 1,152 3.7%
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 12,917 41.3%
Morgan 3,211 10.3%
Jefferson 1,152 3.7%
Lauderdale 323 1.0%%
Cullman 418 1.3%

Commuting Patterns Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies, On the Map. 2014 Statistics.

Limestone County Economic Development Association
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