Workforce

Lawrence County, Alabama is included with neighboring Morgan County in the Decatur Metropolitan Area. Employees working in Lawrence County come from nine counties throughout North Alabama, giving the county a well-trained and diverse workforce.

Lawrence County’s workforce benefits from an abundance of nearby technical training and higher education opportunities. In addition to the area’s two-year and four-year institutions, Lawrence County also offers job training through local and state technical programs.

June, 2013 Employment Data

  Civilian Labor
Force
Employment  Unemployment Unemployment
Rate
Lawrence Co. 15,310   14,200   1,110   7.3%
Decatur MA 72,454   67,749   4,705   6.5%
Alabama 2,169,797   2,023,217   146,580   6.8%
U.S.  157,089,000    144,841,000  
 12,248,000   7.8%
Source: Alabama Department of Labor, June 2013 data.

2012 Average Employment Data

  Civilian Labor
Force
Employment Unemployment Unemployment
Rate
Lawrence Co. 15,528   14,222  

1,306

  8.4%
Decatur MA 72,085   66,859   5,226   7.2%
Alabama 2,152,933   1,987,181   165,752   7.7%
U.S.  157,975,000    142,469,000    12,506,000   8.1%
Source: Alabama Department of Labor, June 2013 data.
 
2012 Average Labor Area Workforce


  Civilian Labor
Force
Employment Unemployment Unemployment
Rate
Lawrence
15,528   14,222  

1,306

  8.4%
Colbert 25,234   23,233   2,001   7.9%
Cullman 38,333   35,737   2,596   6.8%
Franklin  13,360  
 12,226    1,134   8.5%
Lauderdale  44,846    41,694    3,152   7.0%
Limestone  39,044    36,461    2,583   6.6%
Morgan  57,306    53,081    4,225   7.4%
Winston  9,122    8,187    935   10.2%
Total 242,773
  224,841
  17,932
  7.85%
Source:  Alabama Department of Labor, June 2013 data.

2012 Underemployment Data

  Alabama Lawrence Co. Region 1 Region 2
Underemployment 23.8%   20.7%   22.8%   23.2%

Note: Rounding errors may be present. Based on December 2012 labor force data and 2012 underemployment rates. Region 1 includes Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion, Winston. Region 2 includes Cullman, DeKalb, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan.

Source: Center for Business and Economic Research, The University of Alabama and Alabama Department of Labor.

Click here for the State of the Workforce Report VII:  Region 1
 

2011 Commuting Patterns


Inflow

Total Primary Jobs: 5,338
Workers Living and Working in Lawrence County: 2,360
Total Employed in Lawrence County, but Living Outside the County: 2,978

 Inflow  
Morgan County
751   14.1%  
Lauderdale County
439   8.2%  
Colbert County
292   5.5%  
Madison County
 187  
 3.5%  
Limestone County
 167    3.1%  
Source: On the Map, US Census, Alabama Department of Labor.

Outflow
Total Primary Jobs: 11,944
Total Living in Lawrence County, but Employed Outside the County: 9,584

 Outflow

Morgan
4,974   41.6%  
Madison County 1,367
  11.4%  
Colbert County
633   5.3%  
Jefferson County  619  
 5.2%  
Lauderdale County
 481    4.0%  
Source: On the Map, US Census,  Alabama Department of Labor.

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"Lawrence County stands at the threshold of innovation—with scientific advancements and research being conducted at our fine private and public entities, our great State continues to open doors to discovery. Alabama is well poised to deliver scientific and economic benefits well into the next century."

12001 Alabama Highway 157
Moulton, AL 35650
(256) 974-2899



Industry in Lawrence County






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