Labor availability


848,352 persons live within a 50-mile, labor-drawing radius of Gadsden's airport.


1,543 residents of Etowah County were unemployed as of June 2022 according to the Alabama Department of Labor, constituting an unemployment rate of 3.8%.


Approximately 10,170 are underemployed in Etowah County, according to estimates prepared by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama.

Job Applicants

As of July 26, 2019 there were 1,141 active resumes and for the period of July 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019 there have been 4,977 Self-Registrations in the system for employment at the Gadsden Career Center office.

Commuting Patterns

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 17,572 Etowah County residents commute outside the county to work, and 16,003 of those employed in the Gadsden area commute in from other counties.

High School Graduates

A total of 1,048 students graduated from high school in May of 2020, in the Gadsden City, Atalla City and Etowah County School Systems.

Community College Students

1,084 students enrolled in the Gadsden State Community College workforce development program for the 2022 Fall Semester.