East South Central Regional Forecast

Alabama • Kentucky • Mississippi • Tennessee

The Gulf Coast showed its grit in its efforts to recover from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but the recession that hit the region three years later knocked some parts of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee right down again. As a whole, the region currently has a 10.6 percent unemployment rate, and the cities in the region that generally speaking have the most robust and diversified economies — Birmingham, Ala., and Memphis and Nashville, Tenn. — have all been singing the unemployment blues. The one somewhat bright spot in the region may be Mississippi, which Moody's/economy.com says is already in recovery mode. However, its analysis offered faint praise: “The labor market stabilized in the first half of the year, but persistent weakness in gaming provides risk for further deterioration.” One hospital project in Alabama did make McGraw-Hill Construction's listing of the largest construction projects: the $300 million job that broke ground in July 2009 at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham.

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
Actual Electricians in thousands
M G C
East South Central 37,830 925.7 1,345.9 4,140.7
Alabama 9,580 251.7 372.8 1,034.6
Anniston-Oxford, AL 190 7 13.2 25.7
Auburn-Opelika, AL 260 6 15.8 24.3
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 2,980 39 81.5 306.8
Decatur, AL 250 12.4 8.5 26.8
Dothan, AL 250 6.2 10.7 33.3
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 260 7.3 11.4 28.7
Gadsden, AL 170 4.9 5.1 22.8
Huntsville, AL 800 28.6 45.6 120.5
Mobile, AL 1,290 15.7 27.6 106.2
Montgomery, AL 660 17.5 43.4 95.1
Tuscaloosa, AL 600 14.2 23.7 43.8
Kentucky 9,540 208.5 308.1 994.8
Bowling Green, KY 400 7.6 9.3 28.7
Elizabethtown, KY 170 5.1 12.2 20.4
Lexington-Fayette, KY 1,290 32.1 45.9 137.1
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 2,910 66.3 77.5 357
Owensboro, KY 910 8.4 9.5 25.1
Mississippi 4,960 144.4 247.9 568.6
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 600 5.6 24.9 35.6
Hattiesburg, MS 310 4 13.5 16.8
Jackson, MS 1,490 17.2 58.5 146.5
Pascagoula, MS NA 15.9 11.1 6
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Tennessee 13,750 321.1 417.1 1,542.7
Chattanooga, TN-GA 1,390 30.9 33.5 136.1
Clarksville, TN-KY 310 10.9 17.7 43.8
Cleveland, TN 150 9.2 4.8 21.1
Jackson, TN 490 9.5 12.2 30.1
Johnson City, TN 360 8.6 14.5 47.6
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 590 21.2 14.5 65
Knoxville, TN 2,110 30.2 49.2 199.8
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 2,960 47.6 87 360.6
Morristown, TN 130 12.1 6.4 21.5
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 3,490 65 94.3 460.1

Metro areas are metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) unless otherwise noted.

Metro Div. — Metropolitan Division NECTA — New England city and town area NA — Not available

Electrician employment for May 2008 Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

M — Manufacturing employees for July 2009. Source: Current Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

C — Commercial account employees (professional and business services, retail trade, financial activities, educational and health services, leisure and hospitality, and other services) for July 2009. Source: Current Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

G — Government employees for July 2009. Source: Current Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics