Workforce

Alabama is a "right to work" state.

Workforce Training

Workforce development and training is a major initiative for Alabama. The state has created several programs to provide free and low-cost workforce training and recruitment services to companies located within the state. These programs are based on feedback from companies and focus on the current needs of companies to be globally competitive. Many of these programs are available through a strong network of two-year and four-year higher education institutions

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Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT)

AIDT provides industry-specific training and employee recruitment services to qualifying new and expanding industries. The statewide program provides job-specific training at no cost to the employers, including on-site training via mobile training facilities. All pre-employment services and training programs are customized for each company's specific needs. For more information, visit the AIDT website.

Alabama Technology Network (ATN)

ATN provides manufacturing-specific workforce training programs though a network of two-year and four-year colleges and universities throughout the state. Training topics include lean manufacturing, manufacturing systems, quality systems, information technology, human resources and organizational development, environmental safety and health, business services/strategic management, industrial maintenance, and engineering and technical services. For more information, visit the ATN website.

Local Workforce Development Programs

Many of Alabama's two-year and four-year colleges and universities offer workforce training programs. Additionally, leadership training, business assistance programs, and other workforce development programs are available from other local community sources.

Unemployment Statistics

CountyCivilian Labor ForceEmploymentUnemploymentUnemployment Rate
Alabama 2,171,645 2,028,839 142,806 6.6%
Autauga 25,738 24,293 1,445 5.6%
Baldwin 86,546 81,949 4,597 5.3%
Barbour 8,820 7,927 893 10.1%
Bibb 9,167 8,494 673 7.3%
Blount 26,499 25,028 1,471 5.6%
Bullock 3,500 3,071 429 12.3%
Butler 9,215 8,325 890 9.7%
Calhoun 52,445 48,356 4,089 7.8%
Chambers 14,951 13,715 1,236 8.3%
Cherokee 11,373 10,721 652 5.7%
Chilton 19,959 18,855 1,104 5.5%
Choctaw 5,086 4,698 388 7.6%
Clarke 9,575 8,483 1,092 11.4%
Clay 4,984 4,554 430 8.6%
Cleburne 6,369 5,906 463 7.3%
Coffee 21,201 19,918 1,283 6.1%
Colbert 25,055 23,356 1,699 6.8%
Conecuh 4,399 3,934 465 10.6%
Coosa 4,372 3,997 375 8.6%
Covington 16,593 15,425 1,168 7.0%
Crenshaw 6,552 6,117 435 6.6%
Cullman 38,312 36,251 2,061 5.4%
Dale 19,708 18,392 1,316 6.7%
Dallas 14,273 12,218 2,055 14.4%
DeKalb 28,389 26,458 1,931 6.8%
Elmore 35,345 33,344 2,001 5.7%
Escambia 14,642 13,503 1,139 7.8%
Etowah 45,534 42,633 2,901 6.4%
Fayette 6,476 5,958 518 8.0%
Franklin 13,035 12,038 997 7.6%
Geneva 10,981 10,300 681 6.2%
Greene 3,081 2,780 301 9.8%
Hale 5,855 5,240 615 10.5%
Henry 7,142 6,635 507 7.1%
Houston 45,364 42,653 2,711 6.0%
Jackson 25,744 24,085 1,659 6.4%
Jefferson 306,728 288,429 18,299 6.0%
Lamar 5,232 4,854 378 7.2%
Lauderdale 44,613 41,881 2,732 6.1%
Lawrence 15,324 14,237 1,087 7.1%
Lee 69,238 65,397 3,841 5.5%
Limestone 39,919 37,733 2,186 5.5%
Lowndes 4,111 3,601 510 12.4%
Macon 8,724 7,895 829 9.5%
Madison 171,699 162,040 9,659 5.6%
Marengo 7,645 7,029 616 8.1%
Marion 11,462 10,582 880 7.7%
Marshall 40,337 37,927 2,410 6.0%
Mobile 187,383 173,242 14,141 7.5%
Monroe 7,534 6,629 905 12.0%
Montgomery 104,967 97,439 7,528 7.2%
Morgan 57,075 53,687 3,388 5.9%
Perry 3,484 2,973 511 14.7%
Pickens 7,790 7,064 726 9.3%
Pike 15,366 14,341 1,025 6.7%
Randolph 8,640 7,916 724 8.4%
Russell 23,301 21,235 2,066 8.9%
Shelby 104,932 100,511 4,421 4.2%
St. Clair 38,091 35,872 2,219 5.8%
Sumter 4,442 3,923 519 11.7%
Talladega 38,126 35,104 3,022 7.9%
Tallapoosa 17,851 16,263 1,588 8.9%
Tuscaloosa 95,177 88,961 6,216 6.5%
Walker 27,368 25,663 1,705 6.2%
Washington 6,516 5,839 677 10.4%
Wilcox 3,193 2,674 519 16.3%
Winston 9,100 8,288 812 8.9%

Unemployment Source: Alabama Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Based on July 2013 data. Updated quarterly.

2012 Average Unemployment

CountyCivilian
Labor Force
EmploymentUnemploymentUnemployment
Rate
Alabama 2,152,933 1,987,181 165,752 7.7
Autauga 25,485 23,752 1,733 6.3
Baldwin 85,038 79,118 5,920 7.0
Barbour 9,474 8,381 1,093 11.5
Bibb 9,013 8,274 739 8.2
Blount 25,804 24,073

1,731

6.7
Bullock 3,669 3,147

522

14.2
Butler 9,215 8,179 1,036 11.2
Calhoun 53,061 48,822 4,239 8.0
Chambers 14,641 13,204 1,437 9.8
Cherokee 11,524 10,665 859 7.5
Chilton 19,516 18,143 1,373 7.0
Choctaw 5,007 4,530 477 9.5
Clarke 9,767 8,547 1,220 12.5
Clay 5,091 4,593 498 9.8
Cleburne 6,463 6,000 463 7.2
Coffee 21,536 20,155 1,381 6.4
Colbert 25,234 23,233 2,001 7.9
Conecuh 4,423 3,883 540 12.2
Coosa 4,451 4,066 385 8.6
Covington 16,607 15,285 1,322 8.0
Crenshaw 6,672 6,176 496 7.4
Cullman 38,333 35,737 2,596 6.8
Dale 20,442 18,904 1,538 7.5
Dallas 14,714 12,594 2,120

14.4

DeKalb 28,443 25,928 2,515 8.8
Elmore 35,199 32,662 2,537 7.2
Escambia 14,742 13,369 1,373 9.3
Etowah 45,272 41,793 3,479 7.7
Fayette 6,475 5,927 548 8.5
Franklin 13,360 12,226 1,134 8.5
Geneva 11,185 10,383 802 7.2
Greene 3,036 2,664 372 12.3
Hale 5,659 5,063 596 10.5
Henry 7,187 6,645 542 7.5
Houston 45,989 42,641 3,348 7.3
Jackson 26,086 24,149 1,937 7.4
Jefferson 300,855 278,943 21,912 7.3
Lamar 5,337 4,906 431 8.1
Lauderdale 44,846 41,694 3,152 7.0
Lawrence 15,528 14,222 1,306 8.4
Lee 66,373 61,971 4,402 6.6
Limestone 39,044 36,461 2,583 6.6
Lowndes 4,230 3,614 616 14.6
Macon 8,456 7,578 878 10.4
Madison 170,155 158,951 11,204 6.6
Marengo 7,679 6,918 761 9.9
Marion 11,576 10,487 1,089 9.4
Marshall 40,803 37,802 3,001 7.4
Mobile 190,554 173,995 16,559 8.7
Monroe 7,614 6,640 974 12.8
Montgomery 103,607 95,607 8,000 7.7
Morgan 57,306 53,081 4,225 7.4
Perry 3,513 3,038 475 13.5
Pickens 7,703 6,964 739 9.6
Pike 15,891 14,730 1,161 7.3
Randolph 8,673 7,868 805 9.3
Russell 23,024 20,810 2,214 9.6
Shelby 101,275 95,873 5,402 5.3
St. Clair 36,923 34,385 2,538 6.9
Sumter 4,513 3,963 550 12.2
Talladega 37,076 33,888 3,188 8.6
Tallapoosa 16,932 15,358 1,574 9.3
Tuscaloosa 89,446 82,996 6,450 7.2
Walker 27,152 24,971 2,181 8.0
Washington 6,711 5,915 796 11.9
Wilcox 3,244 2,689 555 17.1
Winston 9,122 8,187 935 10.2

Unemployment Source: Alabama Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Estimates based on 2011 benchmark.