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Alabama is a right-to-work state. Madison’s labor force draws on a highly-educated population with over 95% of adults holding at least a high school diploma, roughly 70% with a Bachelor’s Degree, and 21% 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
Alabama and Madison are well below the national averages for unemployment with a strong labor force and opportunities.

AreaLabor ForceEmploymentUnemploymentUnemployment
Nationally 160,571,000 153,439,000 7,132,000 4.9%
Alabama  2,148,022 2,057,109 90,913 4.2%
City of Madison 24,265 23,420 845 3.5%

Source: Alabama Department of Labor. Based on August 2017 data.

Civilian Labor Force

AreaLabor ForceEmploymentUnemploymentUnemployment Rate
Alabama 2,162,768 2,069,931 92,837 7.7%
City of Madison 24,265 23,420 845 3.5%

Source: Alabama Department of Labor. Based on August 2017 data.

Regional Workforce

AreaLabor ForceEmploymentUnemploymentUnemployment Rate
Madison County 174,971 168,468 6,503 3.7%
Cullman County 37,805 36,443 1,362 3.6%
DeKalb County 28,671 27,444 1,227 4.3%
Jackson County 23,342 22,280 1,062 4.5%
Limestone County 41,110 39,531 1,579 3.8%
Marshall County 41,672 40,117 1,555 3.7%
Morgan County 54,977 52,794 2,183 4.0%
Franklin County, TN 19,820 18,830 990 5.0%
Giles County, TN 15,240 14,620 620 4.1%
Lincoln County, TN 15,940 15,270 670 4.2%
Area Totals: 453,548 435,787 17,753 4.09%

Source: Alabama Department of Labor and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Based on August 2017 data.

Underemployment

RateWorkers
Region 2 23.2% 87,653
Madison County 24.2% 39,079

Note: Rounding errors may be present. Region 2 includes Limestone, Madison, Morgan, Cullman, Marshall, Jackson, and DeKalb Counties.
Source: State of the Workforce Report XI. 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.