Workforce Stats

Workforce

Franklin County, Alabama has a large available workforce since it is in close proximity to the Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Area. The county supports worker development programs to help provide experienced, trained workers for the area industries and is close to several post-secondary technical schools and universities. Additionally, the county has a low union presence, and Alabama is a right-to-work state.

Franklin County Recruiting Area

2000 Population 306,966 Civilian Labor Force 125,630
2010 Population 311,434 Worked in state & county of residence 76,518
2012 Population 312,875 Worked in state & outside of county of residence 43,828
2017 Population 314,523 Average Travel Time to Work (in minutes) 23.2
  Worked outside state 5,284
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010 Summary File 1. Esri forecasts for 2012 & 2017. Esri converted Census 2000 data into 2010 geography Effective Recruiting Area: Franklin, Colbert, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Winston Counties in Alabama; Itawamba and Tishomingo Counties in Mississippi Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005-2009 American Community Survey

City Workforce Data (by drive-time)

  0-20 minutes0-30 minutes0-45 minutes
Russellville, AL
2010 Population 23,020 75,300 192,411
2012 Population 22,755 75,257 193,228
2017 Population 22,703 75,398 194,569
Red Bay, AL
2010 Population 9,832 20,589 88,046
2012 Population 10,088 20,701 88,212
2017 Population 10,466 20,991 88,571
Phil Campbell, AL
2010 Population 25,234 43,333 146,857
2012 Population 24,769 42,717 146,871
2017 Population 24,407 42,171 146,814
Vina, AL
2010 Population 6,596 17,618 62,298
2012 Population 6,662 17,730 62,072
2017 Population 6,792 17,956 62,026
Hodges, AL
2010 Population 7,171 34,807 81,473
2012 Population 7,046 34,490 81,284
2017 Population 6,910 34,295 81,051

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010 Summary File 1. Esri forecasts for 2012 and 2017. Esri converted Census 2000 data into 2010 geography.

Workforce Data

  CountyState
Civilian Labor Force 13,909 2,175,846
Employment 13,149 2,045,497
Unemployment 760 130,349
Unemployment Rate 5.5% 6.0%

Source: Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, August 2016

Underemployment

  CountyNW Region*
Workers 2,535 19,503
Rate 21.8% 21.7%
*Includes Franklin, Colbert, Lauderdale, Marion and Winston Counties.
Source: State of the Workforce Report IV. Center for Business and Economic Research, The University of Alabama and Alabama Industrial Relations. Based on January 2011 labor force data and 2010 underemployment rates.

Labor Market Info (Franklin County & Surrounding Area)

CountyCivilian
Labor Force
EmploymentUnemploymentUnemployment
Rate
Franklin 13,909 13,149 760 5.5%
Colbert 23,664 22,125  1,539 6.5%
Lauderdale 43,152 40,554  2,598 6.0%
Lawrence 13,861 12,971 890 6.4%
Marion 12,757 11,977 780 6.1%
Winston 9,575 8,903 672 7.0%
Itawamba, MS 10,512 10,003 509 4.8%
Tishomingo, MS 8,205 7,786 419 5.1%
AREA TOTALS: 135,635 127,468 8,167 6.02%

Source: Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, August 2016 and Mississippi Department of Employment Security, August 2016