Florence-Muscle Shoals MA
Total Civilian Labor Force (August 2021): 64,264
Unemployment Rate (August 2021): 3.5%
Population (January 2020): 148779
- Florence-Muscle Shoals MSA: 148,779
- Lauderdale County: 93,368
- Colbert County: 55,411
- Tuscumbia: 8,578
- Florence: 40,059
- Muscle Shoals: 13,506
- Sheffield: 9,107
- Rogersville: 1,240
Shoals Labor Shed
The Shoals Labor Shed primarily consists of Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, and Limestone counties in Alabama; Tishomingo County in Mississippi; and Lawrence and Wayne counties in Tennessee.
Our 60 Mile Laborshed
8 County Population (January 2020): 16,524
8 County Labor Force (August 2021): 171,815
(Source: Alabama Department of Industrial Relations; Tennessee Department of Labor; Mississippi Department of Employment Security; U.S. Census Bureau; retreived from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
Remote Shoals is an initiative designed to attract remote tech workers from other areas to the Florence-Muscle Shoals MSA. Applicants who are chosen for the program receive up to $10,000 cash to relocate within six months of being selected. We have a thriving population of remote workers already living in the Shoals, and we’re thrilled to expand our tech workforce here in preparation for future growth.
The Shoals is committed to preparing students for STEM careers by creating a science and technology education pipeline from K-12 schools through the area higher education institutions. These programs prepare the young people of the Shoals for current and future careers in science and technology. There are two institutions of higher education located within The Shoals and two additional institutions of higher education located within close proximity to The Shoals.
There are four city school systems and two county school systems located in The Shoals. These schools take pride in preparing students for life after high school with excellent vocational and career tech training, dual enrollment and curriculum designed for post secondary education. The total number of K-12 students for all school systems in 2016 was approximately 22,500.
These educational institutions all have a long history of supporting local industry. For example, in 2015 Northwest Shoals Community College started a plastics injection molding training program in response to the addition of auto suppliers TASUS and CBC INGS America to The Shoals.
The Robotics Training Park (RTP) is a collaboration between the state of Alabama, Alabama Community College System, AIDT, and robotics industry leaders across the nation. The RTP consists of three individual training facilities, each targeted to a specific industry need.
- The Robotics Maintenance Training Center
- The Advanced Research and Development Center
- The Integration, Entrepreneurial, and Paint Dispense Training Center and Mobile Robotic Training Lab