Labor availability


384,000 persons live within a 30-mile, labor-drawing radius of Gadsden's airport.


1,891 residents of Etowah County were unemployed as of August 2017 according to the Alabama Department of Labor, constituting an unemployment rate of 4.3%.


Approximately 13,000 are underemployed in Etowah County, according to estimates prepared by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama.

Job Applicants

3,802 job seekers had active applications for work on file at the Gadsden Career Center office, as of July 8, 2015.

Commuting Patterns

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 16,550 Etowah County residents commute outside the county to work, and 14,343 of those employed in the Gadsden area commute in from other counties.

High School Graduates

A total of 1,038 students graduated from high school in May 2014, in the Gadsden City, Attalla City and Etowah County school systems.

Community College Students

612 students enrolled in industrial-related technology training classes at Gadsden State Community College for the 2014 Fall semester.



In a formal Workforce Development Partnership, Gadsden’s educators, elected officials and business leaders have together created an educational and training structure that works seamlessly to provide you with educated, skilled, technically sophisticated employees, both initially and over the long term.

Employment And Employee Staffing Services

Gadsden Office, Alabama Career Center System
Katrina Herring
216 North 6th Street
Gadsden, AL 35901

Elwood Staffing Service
Karly Day
200-B West Meighan Blvd.
Gadsden, AL 35901

First Choice Personnel
Dusty Stinson
225 Broad Street
Gadsden, AL 35901

Lyons HR
Bruce Cornutt
112 Court Street
Gadsden, AL 35901

Manpower, Inc.
LaRessa Trammell
201 South 1st Street
Gadsden, AL 35901

Personnel Staffing, Inc.
Tina Gregerson
611A Walnut Street
Gadsden, AL 35901

ZLA Solutions
Will White
1100 Deerfoot Parkway
Rainbow City, AL 35906