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Greene County

Workforce Recruitment and Development Team

 

 

The mission of the Greene County Education/Training subcommittee is to evaluate workforce problems and needs in the county and develop strategies that will enhance the economic opportunities for its citizens. 

The specific goals of this team are:

to encourage and actively support continued            improvement and development of the K-12 education program in Greene County;

encourage workforce development and improvement through job specific training programs for unemployed and underemployed citizens in Greene County; and

introduce training/education initiatives for retention of existing employees within the Greene County business and industry base.

 

 

Greene/Sumter Industry Education Alliance

 

AIDT, The Greene County Industrial Development Board and Sumter County Industrial Development Authority are pleased to announce the formation of the Greene/Sumter Industry Education Alliance.  Businesses, industries, training providers and local economic development officials formed this alliance.  Local industries in the community participated in a training needs survey.   Several training needs have been identified and plans are underway to deliver classes to meet those needs.  Industry Education Alliance facilitates combining similar training needs of several local companies, thereby providing enough students for a class to be delivered quickly and cost effectively.

 

 

Labor Availability

 

You will find an available workforce ready to work for you.  There are also approximately 45,000 underemployed persons in this region.  Greene County lies at the center of two labor survey areas studied by the Pathfinders The North Tombigbee area and the Tuscaloosa/West Alabama area.  When workers from adjoining Mississippi counties are added, the combined area has a civilian labor force of approximately 200,350 people.  The Alabama counties included within these labor sheds are Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox.  About 10,900 people are unemployed in these areas.  The Tuscaloosa/West Alabama area, of which Greene County is a part, has a strong economy with low unemployment rates.  As a consequence, The Pathfinders organization was hired to measure underemployment in the area, as well as to quantify the cost, skills, experience and education of its hidden workforce.  Individuals in that category who possess the education, skills and experience to merit a better job are classified as underemployed.   

                                                                                                                                               

 

Labor Availability

 

In 1999, The Pathfinders organization measured underemployment in the West Alabama area to quantify the cost, skills, experience and education of its hidden workforce. Individuals in that category who possess the education, skills and experience to merit a better job are classified as underemployed.

 

 

Greene County lies at the center of two labor survey areas studied by The Pathfinders - The North Tombigbee area and the Tuscaloosa/West Alabama area. When workers from adjoining Mississippi counties are added, the combined area has a civilian labor force of approximately 200,350 people.  The Alabama counties included within these labor sheds are Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox.  About 10,900 people are unemployed in those areas.

  

The study found that a new employer would be able to attract employees from a hidden pool of about 45,000 underemployed workers. The study shows that there are 45,000 underemployed people in the age bracket 19-49 in the West Alabama area and more than half of them are female.

 

 Wages

 

Occupation

Average

Hourly Wage

Assemblers, Except Machine, Electrical, & Precision

$8.65

Engineers, All Other

$27.50

Machinery Maintenance Mechanics

$12.32

Helpers, Laborers, Material Movers, All Other

$8.72

Inspectors, Testers, & Related Workers, All Other

$13.11

Metal & Plastic Machine Operators/Tenders, All Other

$10.43

Welders & Cutters

$11.28

Machine Operators & Tenders, All Other

$9.55

Electricians

$15.14

Industrial Truck & Tractor Operators

$11.08

Source:  Alabama Department of Industrial Relations

Alabama Occupational Employment Statistics

SIC 37 Transportation Equipment

 

Major Statistics

 

County Population

9,708

Population By Age Group (%):

 

0-17

31.35

18-64

53.68

65+

14.97

Total Wages and Salaries:

$11.22 million

Median Household Income:

$18,106

Civilian Labor Force:

3,030

Employment By Industry (%):

 

Manufacturing

5%

Mining and Construction

3%

Trans., Comm. and Utilities

6%

Wholesale and Retail Trade

24%

Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

5%

Services and Miscellaneous

40%

Government

14%

Source:  Equifax National Decision Systems, 2000

Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, ACLMIS

 

 

                       

 

 

 

 

Tuscaloosa/West Alabama Labor Availability

The Tuscaloosa/West Alabama area has a strong economy with low unemployment rates. As a consequence, The Pathfinders organization was hired to measure underemployment in the area, as well as to quantify the cost, skills, experience and education of its hidden workforce. Individuals in that category who possess the education, skills and experience to merit a better job are classified as underemployed.

 

 

The Tuscaloosa/West Alabama area has a combined civilian labor force of approximately 129,000 people. The Alabama counties included within the Tuscaloosa/West Alabama labor shed are Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens,and Tuscaloosa.                  About 5400 people                  are                                                                       are  unemployed in those areas.

 

The study (dated February 1999) found that although the unemployment rate in Tuscaloosa/West Alabama area is low, a new employer would be able to attract employees from an additional pool of about 32,000 underemployed workers.

 

Although current pay alone is not a qualifying factor for underemployment status in this study, nearly two-fifths of those underemployed would change jobs for less than $10.00 per hour. Twenty-two percent would do so for under $8.00 per hour. The chart below shows more detail on each of the wage levels for the underemployed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

female. Of the underemployed, 35% commute more than 20 miles to work.

They have a variety of skills; about half having some degree of familiarity with computer usage and almost 40% of them have industrial machine skills. About 50% have industrial/manufacturing experience and 39% have warehousing or materials handling experience. Over 50% have office experience, including data processing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About 45% of those individuals have some college and 21% have a four-year college degree or more. These data relate solely to the underemployed, and vary from data representative of the population as a whole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: The Pathfinders, P. O. Box 702317, Dallas, Texas 75370-2317. Phone (972) 418-7588

North Tombigbee Alabama Labor Availability

The North Tombigbee Alabama area has a strong economy with low unemployment rates. As a consequence, The Pathfinders organization was hired to measure underemployment in the area, as well as to quantify the cost, skills, experience and education of its hidden workforce. Individuals in that category who possess the education, skills and experience to merit a better job are classified as underemployed.

 

 

The North Tombigbee Alabama area has a combined civilian labor force of approximately 71,350 people when workers from the adjoining counties in Mississippi are added. The Alabama counties included within the North Tombigbee Alabama labor shed are Choctaw, Dallas, Marengo, Perry, Sumter, and Wilcox. About 5,500 people are unemployed in those areas.

 

The study (dated November 1999) found that although the unemployment rate in North Tombigbee Alabama area is low, a new employer would be able to attract employees from an additional pool of about 13,000 underemployed workers.

 

Although current pay alone is not a qualifying factor for underemployment status in this study, nearly one-third of those underemployed would change jobs for just over $8.75 per hour. Almost one-fifth would do so for under $8.00 per hour. The chart below shows more detail on each of the wage levels for the underemployed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

commute more than 30 miles to work.

They have a variety of skills; over half have some degree of familiarity with computer usage and over one-third of them have industrial machine skills. About 60% have industrial/manufacturing experience and just under one-half have warehousing or materials handling experience. Over 50% have office experience, including data processing.

Almost 30% of those individuals have some college and 19% have a four-year college degree or more. These data relate solely to the underemployed, and will vary from data representative of the population as a whole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: The Pathfinders, P. O. Box 702317, Dallas, Texas 75370-2317. Phone (972) 418-7588