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Workforce

Montgomery residents make up an internationally recognized workforce. Many factors contribute to the Montgomery area’s desirable labor force. From the 14-county labor area with a civilian labor force of over 330,000 workers to the exceptionally low rate of worker and company unionization, Montgomery’s labor force is abundant and inviting to any industry looking to relocate to the area. Area residents and both public and private agencies are committed to constant improvement of both K-12 and higher education as well as quality training programs to meet the demands of the ever-changing needs of local businesses.

In the Legislative session of 1953, Alabama passed the current Right-to-Work Act (Code of Alabama, 1955, Sections 25-5-30 thru 25-5-36). Alabama’s Right-to-Work laws mean that no employee can be made to join a union. This law provides that:

  • The right of any person to work shall not be denied or abridged on account of membership or non-membership in any union

  • Any agreement denying any person employment because of non-membership in any union is illegal

  • No person shall be required to become or remain a member of any union as a condition of employment or continuation of employment, nor shall any person be required to abstain or refrain from membership in any union as a condition of employment or continuation of employment

  • No employer shall require as a condition of employment or continuation of employment the payment of any dues, etc., to any union

  • Any person who may be denied employment in violation of the Act may recover from such employer and others such damages as he may have sustained.

Alabama Wage Survey

The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, Labor Market Information Division in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics supplied the data for the Alabama Wage Survey. The data is based on the release of the Occupational Employment Report employment and wage estimate file. Click the link below to see the details for Montgomery.

Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Montgomery MSA Wage Survey

Workforce History

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Civilian Labor Force 2014

Area

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec 

Autauga County

25,282 

25,376 

                   

Elmore County

34,960 

35,131 

                   

Lowndes County

3,880 

3,911 

                   

Montgomery County

101,601 

101,957 

                   

Montgomery Metro

165,723 

166,376 

                   

 Sources: Alabama Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unemployment 2014

Area

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec 

Autauga County

1,480 

1,595 

                   

Elmore County

2,246 

2,446 

                   

Lowndes County

459 

493 

                   

Montgomery County

7,327 

7,766 

                   

Montgomery Metro

11,512 

12,300 

                   

 Sources: Alabama Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unemployment Rate 2014

Area

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec 

Autauga County

5.9% 

6.3% 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elmore County

6.4% 

7.0% 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lowndes County

11.8% 

12.6% 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montgomery County

7.2% 

7.6% 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montgomery Metro

6.9% 

7.4% 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sources: Alabama Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employment by Sector for the Montgomery Metro Area

Sector

Number

Percentage

Natural Resources, Mining & Construction

6,000  

3.6%  

Manufacturing

18,300  

10.9%  

Trade, Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities

29,000  

17.3%  

Information

2,200  

1.3%  

Financial Activity

7,400  

4.4%  

Professional & Business Services

20,700  

12.3%  

Education & Health Services 

18,600  

11.1%  

Leisure & Hospitality

15,400  

9.2%  

Other Services 

7,300  

4.4%  

Government 

42,800  

25.5%  

 Sources: Alabama Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics, February 2014

Underemployed Persons

The counties in Region 7 have a labor pool of 36,000 workers.  This is a labor pool of 3.6 times the number of unemployed workers due to the large numbers of underemployed workers who are looking for better jobs.

Underemployed persons are workers who believe that their education and training, skills, or experience:

  1. Are not fully utilized in their current jobs and
  2. Qualify them for higher paying or more satisfying jobs for which they could leave their current positions.

 

Region 7

Total

Autauga County 

Butler
County

Crenshaw County

Elmore County 

Lowndes
County

Montgomery County

Labor Force 

184,035  

25,535  

9,005  

6,535  

35,282  

4,131  

103,547  

Employed 

171,675  

24,062  

8,127  

6,116  

33,089  

3,662  

96,619  

Underemployment Rate

25.5%  

20.3%  

33.3%  

20.4%  

22.8%  

25.5%  

26.8%  

Underemployed Workers

43,811  

4,894  

2,709  

1,246  

7,548  

932  

25,865  

Unemployed

12,360  

1,473  

878  

419  

2,193  

469  

6,928  

Available Labor Pool

56,171  

6,367  

3,587  

1,665  

9,741  

 1,401  

32,793  

Note: Based on December 2012 labor force data and 2012 underemployment rates.       
Source: Center for Business and Economic Research, University of Alabama

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