Workforce


The Shoals has a skilled workforce to meet the needs of existing industry and new companies considering The Shoals.

Availability

Florence-Muscle Shoals MA
Total Civilian Labor Force (October 2017): 66,496
Unemployment Rate (October 2017): 3.7%
Population (January 2016): 146,534

 

The Shoals Labor Market

(Eight counties: Colbert, Lauderdale, Franklin, Lawrence, and Limestone Counties in Alabama; Tishomingo County in Mississippi; and, Lawrence and Wayne Counties in Tennessee)

Labor Market (September 2017): 168,731
Population (January 2016): 383,444

(Source: Alabama Department of Industrial Relations; Tennessee Department of Labor; Mississippi Department of Employment Security; U.S. Census Bureau; retreived from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, December, 2017)

Employment Statistics

(October 1, 2017)

Total Non-Agricultural Employment:        57,700
Goods Producing       13,000
     Natural Resources, Mining & Construction        3,300  
     Manufacturing 9,700  
Service Producing   44,700
     Trade, Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities 11,800  
         Wholesale Trade 2,300  
         Retail Trade 8,200  
         Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities 1,300  
     Information  400  
     Financial Activity 2,300  
     Professional & Business Services 3,800  
     Education & Health Services 6,800  
     Leisure & Hospitality 7,000  
     Other Services 3,100  
     Government 9,500  
          Federal 900  
          State & Local  8,600  

(Source:  Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, retreived from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, December, 2017)


Travel Time to Work
Florence-Muscle Shoals MA (2015)

Total Population by Travel Time to Work 56,998
    Less than 10 minutes 7,812
    10 to 29 minutes 32,292
    30 to 59 minutes 12,421
    60 or more minutes 4,473

Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey 1-Year Supplemental Estimates

 

Employed Persons 16 years and Over by Occupation

Florence-Muscle Shoals MA (2015)

Population 16+ by Occupation 59,658
Service Occupations 16.3%
Management, Business, Science & Arts 29.6%
Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance Occupations 8.9%
Sales and Office Occupations 25.8%
Production/Transportation/Material Moving 19.4%

Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey 1-Year Supplemental Estimates

 

Percent of Industry Type to Number of Manufacturers

Metal/Industrial Machinery 39%
Fabricating 13%
Textiles 12%
Cabinets/Millwork 11%
Paper/Printing 7%
Food 6%
Chemical 6%
Furniture/Shelving 3%
Automotive 3%

(Source: Business Information Solutions)

Unemployment Rate History

View Current Unemployment Data

(Florence-Muscle Shoals MA)

2016 Average 6.6%
2015 Average 7.3%
2014 Average 7.6%
2013 Average 7.5%
2012 Average 8.0%
2011 Average 9.5%
2010 Average 10.6%
2009 Average 11.0%
2008 Average 6.0%
2007 Average 4.4%
2006 Average 4.4%
2005 Average 5.2%
2004 Average 6.7%
2003 Average 7.4%
2002 Average 8.5%
2001 Average 6.6%
2000 Average 5.2%

(Source: Alabama Department of Industrial Relations)

Worker's Compensation

All companies that employ five or more people within the State of Alabama are required to have workers' compensation insurance. Within the State of Alabama, financially strong companies may be self-insured.

Alabama Department of Industrial Relations

Wages & Benefits

The Shoals (Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Area)

2015 Wage Survey for Florence-Muscle Shoals MA

Wages for Sample Occupations:

Occupational Title Job Code Est. Emp. Mean Wage Entry Wage Exp. Wage
Industrial Production Managers 11-3051 70 44.34 33.44 49.78
Sales Managers 11-2022 60 45.57 23.45 56.63
General & Operations Managers 11-1021 760 53.69 28.30 66.39
Industrial Engineers 17-2112 110 42.45 33.20 47.08
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll & Timekeeping 43-4161 30 15.04 11.23 16.94
Shipping, Receiving, & Traffic Clerks 43-5071 160 14.04 9.58 16.26
Maintenance Workers, Machinery 49-9043 50 21.20 18.28 22.67
Team Assemblers 51-2092 N/A 11.64 9.81 12.54
Machinists 51-4041 410 22.12 15.73 25.30
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, & Brazers 51-4121 180 15.55 11.99 17.33
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, & Weighers 51-9061 N/A 14.54 9.75 16.93
Helpers--Production Workers 51-9198 340 10.62 8.42 11.72
Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers, Hand 53-7062 1,010 10.98 8.46 12.25

(Source: Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Occupational Employment and Wages)

Bureau of Labor Statistics Wage Information
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Overview of BLS Statistics on Pay and Benefits
(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Income Data

Alabama State Data Center—Income, Poverty, and Employment


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