Perry County Profile

TABLE OF CONTENT

Workforce
     Labor Force Activity
     Employment and Wages
     Job Creation and Net Job Flows
     Underemployment and Available Labor
     Commuting Patterns
     Workforce Report Link

GDP & Employment Forecasts

Socio-Demographics
     Population Characteristics and Projections
     Housing
     Per Capita Income
     Education
     Poverty

Occupations
     High-Demand Occupations
     Fast-Growing Occupations
     High-Earning Occupations

Transportation Maps

 

WORKFORCE


Labor Force Activity

Perry County's civilian labor force averaged 3,501 workers in 2015, up 0.3 percent from 2014 (Table 1). Employment rose faster as the county's economy is recovering, increasing 2.8 percent to 3,152. From 2014 to 2015, county unemployment rate declined from 12.2 percent to 10.0 percent, as the number of employed residents grew faster than the labor force. The county's unemployment rate was higher than the average unemployment rate across the state and the country during the last year.

 

The 2015 average unemployment rate in Perry County was still higher than the levels seen 10 years ago in 2006. The lowest level of county's unemployment rate for the past decade was 8.4 percent in 2006. The unemployment rate increased modestly due to the last recession, reaching a peak of 19.9 percent in 2009, but started to decline afterwards.

Source: Alabama Department of Labor and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Employment and Wages


The Educational Services industry sector was the leading employer in Perry County with 591 jobs in the second quarter of 2015, followed by Manufacturing with 442 jobs (Table 2). Rounding out the top five industries by employment were Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration; and Retail Trade. These five industries provided 1,702 jobs, 80 percent of the county total employment.

The average monthly wage across all industries in the county was $2,482. Two of the top five industries–Educational Services and Public Administration–paid more than this average. Overall, the highest average monthly wages were in Wholesale Trade ($4,616); Utilities ($3,602); and Finance and Insurance ($3,414). Management of Companies and Enterprises paid the least at $1,065 per month.

 

Based on broad industry classification, service providing industries accounted for 63.7 percent of all jobs in Perry County in the second quarter of 2015. Goods producing industries contributed 25.1 percent and 11.2 percent of all jobs were in public administration (Figure 2).


Source: Alabama Department of Labor and U.S. Census Bureau.

 

 

Employment in Perry County averaged 2,135 quarterly from the second quarter of 2009 through the second quarter of 2015 (Figure 3). Over the past six years, the number of quarterly jobs varied from a high of 2,305 in the second quarter of 2009 to a low of 1,985 in the first quarter of 2014.

   Source: Alabama Department of Labor and U.S. Census Bureau.

 


 

Job Creation and Net Job Flows

On average, 74 new jobs were created per quarter in Perry County from the second quarter of 2009 to the second quarter of 2015. The number of new jobs reported were created either by new area businesses or through the expansion of existing firms. Figure 4 shows that job creation has slowed during this time period, reaching 59 jobs in the second quarter of 2015. Quarterly net job flows, or the difference between employment in the current and prior quarter at all businesses, averaged -5 over the last six years (Figure 5). During this time period, net job flows in Perry County have ranged from a quarterly loss of 64 in the second quarter of 2011 to a quarterly gain of 39 in the fourth quarter of 2014.

   Source: Alabama Department of Labor and U.S. Census Bureau.

 


   Source: Alabama Department of Labor and U.S. Census Bureau.


Underemployment and Available Labor

Perry County had an underemployment rate of 27.9 percent in 2015. Applying this rate to March 2016 labor force data means that 886 employed residents were underemployed (Table 3). Adding the unemployed gives a total available labor pool of 1,231 for the county. This pool is 3.6 times the number of unemployed.

Note: Rounding errors may be present. Based on March 2016 labor force data and 2015 underemployment rates.

Source: Center for Business and Economic Research, The University of Alabama and Alabama Department of Labor.

 

Commuting Patterns

In 2014, there were 1,626 fewer in-commuters than out-commuters in Perry County (Table 4). The one-way commute in 2015 took less than 20 minutes for 58.1 percent of workers, but more than 40 minutes for 16.3 percent; 4.7 percent exceeded one hour. About 30.2 percent of all workers spent 20 to 60 minutes, up from 22.5 percent in 2014. The 2015 commute was less than 10 miles for 45.0 percent of workers, while 27.5 percent traveled 10 to 25 miles. About 25.0 percent of workers traveled more than 25 miles one-way, with 10.0 percent exceeding 45 miles. The 52.5 percent traveling at least 10 miles one-way in 2015 was up from 46.2 percent in 2014.

 

Workforce Report Link

The workforce report for the county is available at: http://www2.labor.alabama.gov/workforcedev/WorkforceReports

GDP & EMPLOYMENT FORECASTS

CBER forecasts moderate improvement in nonfarm employment in Perry County with a 0.8 percent increase for 2016. County inflation-adjusted (real) gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to rise by 2.2 percent this year. In comparison, statewide nonfarm employment and real GDP are forecasted to increase by 1.7 percent and 2.3 percent, respectively.



SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHICS

Population Characteristics and Projections

The county population estimate of 9,652 for 2015 is 8.9 percent less than was recorded in the 2010 census (Table 6). Perry County's population is projected to decline 16.2 percent in this decade to 8,875 by 2020. The 2015 population was 31.4 percent white and 67.3 percent black. About 1.4 percent of county population were of Hispanic origin.


 

Housing

Housing units in Perry County totaled 4,683 in 2015, of which 16.7 percent, or 781 units, were vacant. The number of occupied housing units declined by 41 (-1.0 percent) between 2010 and 2015. Home ownership in the county was 67.5 percent and the median value of owner-occupied housing units was $61,700, according to the 2010-2014 estimates (Table 8).

 

Per Capita Income

Perry County per capita income (PCI) was $29,647 in 2014, up about 30.6 percent from 2007 (Figure 6). This PCI was $7,865 less than Alabama's average PCI of $37,512, or 21.0 percent lower.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and Center for Business and Economic Research, The University of Alabama.

 

Poverty

Most current estimates indicated that 46.9 percent of the county's population lives in poverty, which is higher than 2010 poverty estimates of 39.5 percent. Perry County poverty rate is higher than the statewide rate of 19.2 percent.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Program.


Education

Looking at educational attainment, 69.6 percent of Perry County's 25 and over population had at least a high school education compared to the state's 83.7 percent, according to the 2010-2014 estimates. Among county residents aged 25 and over, 9.1 percent held a bachelor's or higher degree, below the 23.1 percent statewide average.

 

Colleges and Universities

Perry County has one community college and one private college.

OCCUPATIONS

High-Demand Occupations

Table 11 shows the top 40 occupations ranked by projected demand for jobs. The top five high-demand occupations are Childcare Workers; Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand; Nursing Assistants; Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education; and Registered Nurses. Overall, 2 of the high-demand occupations are also fast-growing.




Fast-Growing Occupations

The 17 fastest growing occupations ranked by projected growth of employment are listed in Table 12. The top five fast-growing occupations are Social and Human Service Assistants; Optometrists; Opticians, Dispensing; Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other; and Pourers and Casters, Metal.

High-Earning Occupations

Table 13 shows the 50 selected highest earning occupations in the region. Many of these occupations are in management, health, business, and finance fields. Seven of the top 10 listed are management occupations. The selected high-earning occupations are generally not fast-growing or in high-demand.

 

TRANSPORTATION MAPS

COMMUNITY LINKS

Perry County Cities and Towns:  Marion (County Seat), Uniontown

Communities:  Adler, Augustin, Bethlehem, Brush Creek, Cleveland Mills, Coleman, Curbville, Ellards, Ellawhite, Folsom, Freetown, Hamburg, Heiberger, Hillcrest, Ironville, Jericho, Levert, Morgan Springs, Nave, Norman, North Perry, Oakmulgee, Osborn, Panhandle, Perryville, Pinetucky, Rabbityard, Radford, Sprott, Sugarville, Suttle, Tayloe, The Village, Theo, Vaiden, Vilula, and Zimmerman.

The following links are to sites where you can obtain community information:

Perry County Chamber of Commerce

Perry County Extension Office

 

Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission

 

Socioeconomic data for the County provided by Alabama Power (please select Perry County and run data report)

Socioeconomic data for the County provided by EDPA

Socioeconomic data for the County provided by pU.S. Census Bureau

Socioeconomic data for the County provided by City-Data.com

 

Socioeconomic data for Hamburg provided by City-Data.com

 

Socioeconomic data for Heiberger provided by City-Data.com

 

Socioeconomic data for Marion provided by City-Data.com

Socioeconomic data for Marion provided by IDCIDE

Socioeconomic data for Marion provided by EDPA

Socioeconomic data for Marion provided by CityTownInfo.com

Socioeconomic data for Marion provided by Bestplaces.net

Socioeconomic data for Marion provided by EPODUNK

 

The official web site of Uniontown, AL

Socioeconomic data for Uniontown provided by City-Data.com

Socioeconomic data for Uniontown provided by EDPA

Socioeconomic data for Uniontown provided by CityTownInfo.com

Socioeconomic data for Uniontown provided by Bestplaces.net

Socioeconomic data for Uniontown provided by EPODUNK