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Alabama is a right-to-work state. Madison’s labor force draws on a highly-educated population with almost 95% of adults holding at least a high school diploma, roughly 70% with a Bachelor’s Degree, and 17% with more advanced degrees. Thanks to a highly-educated workforce and the increase of high-tech jobs, the city of Madison’s unemployment numbers fall well below the county, region, and state levels.

For more detailed workforce information, contact the City of Madison Industrial Development Board at 256-772-2885.

Current Workforce Statistics

AreaLabor ForceEmploymentUnemploymentUnemployment Rate
Alabama  2,159,485 2,014,298 145,187 6.7%
City of Madison 24,113 23,064 1,049 4.4%

Source: Alabama Department of Labor. Based on August 2013 data.

2012 Average Workforce Statistics

AreaLabor ForceEmploymentUnemploymentUnemployment Rate
Alabama 2,152,933 1,987,181 165,752 7.7%
City of Madison 24,180 23,033 1,147 4.7%

Source: Alabama Department of Labor.

Regional Workforce

AreaLabor ForceEmploymentUnemploymentUnemployment Rate
Madison County 171,226 161,315 9,911 5.8%
Cullman County 37,977 35,853 2,124 5.6%
DeKalb County 27,878 25,890 1,988 7.1%
Jackson County 25,662 23,988 1,674 6.5%
Limestone County 39,845 37,564 2,281 5.7%
Marshall County 40,183 37,698 2,485 6.2%
Morgan County 56,594 53,088 3,506 6.2%
Franklin County, TN 20,150 18,580 1,570 7.8%
Giles County, TN 13,610 12,320 1,290 9.5%
Lincoln County, TN 18,150 17,080 1,080 5.9%
Area Totals: 451,275 423,376 27,909 6.63%

Source: Alabama Department of Labor andTennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.Based on August 2013 data.

2012 Underemployment

 RateWorkers
Region 2 22.7% 84,342
Madison County 22.3% 34,467

Note: Rounding errors may be present. Region 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.