Labor availability


401,439 persons live within a 30-mile, labor-drawing radius of Gadsden's airport.


1,709 residents of Etowah County were unemployed as of June 2019 according to the Alabama Department of Labor, constituting an unemployment rate of 3.8%.


Approximately 14,180 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, 18,270 Etowah County residents commute outside the county to work, and 16,055 of those employed in the Gadsden area commute in from other counties.

High School Graduates

A total of 1,346 students graduated from high school in May of 2019, in the Gadsden City, Atalla City and Etowah County School Systems.

Community College Students

481 students enrolled in industrial-related technology training classes at Gadsden State Community College for the 2019 Fall Semester.