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  40,261 2,120,217
Employment  37,931 1,976,090
Unemployment  2,330 144,127
Unemployment Rate  5.8% 6.8%

Source: Alabama Department of Labor, March 2014

Effective Recruiting Area

CountyCivilian Labor ForceEmploymentUnemployedUnemployment Rate
Limestone 40,261 37,931 2,330 5.8%
Madison 170,122 160,025 10,097 5.9%
Morgan 55,225 51,645 3,580 6.5%
Lauderdale 43,421 40,619 2,802 6.5%
Lawrence 14,653 13,533 1,120 7.6%
Giles,TN 13,670 12,640 1,030 7.5%
Lawrence,TN 15,820 14,160 1,660 10.5%
AREA TOTALS: 353,172 330,553 22,619 7.19%

Source: Alabama Department of Labor, March 2014 and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, March 2014.

Underemployment

 Limestone CountyRegion 2
Workers 12,751 87,653
Rate 34.5% 23.2%

*Includes Limestone, Madison, Morgan, Cullman, Marshall, Jackson, and DeKalb Counties.

Source: State of the Workforce Report VII. 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.

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