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While Weakley County has five incorporated towns, the labor pool for each town is practically identical. The county has a total population of 35,021 with 47% of the people living in the rural areas.
Included in the Martin labor market area and within a radius of 25 miles of Martin are portions of six other Tennessee counties and two counties in Kentucky. Included in this area is a population of over 100,000 people. An excellent network of federal, state and county highways puts most of these people within 25 to 30 minutes driving time of Martin.
An up to date estimate of available labor can be obtained from the Tennessee Department of Employment Security. Qualified and referable production workers between the ages of 18 and 45 years are available in the immediate Martin area. Additional workers would be available from areas more distant. Normal commuting distances of 25 miles and more are common in Western Tennessee.
Most Common Industries (2008 – 2012)
Manufacturing – 18%
Educational services – 18%
Retail trade – 10%
Accommodation and food service – 9%
Health care and social assistance – 8%
Construction – 7%
Admin & Support and Waste Management Services – 7%
Educational services – 23%
Health care and social assistance – 21%
Retail trade – 19%
Other services, except public administration – 11%
Manufacturing – 9%
Accommodation and food services – 7%
Professional, scientific, and technical services – 2%
Most Common Occupations
Other production occupations including supervisors – 9%
Retail sales workers except cashiers – 6%
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupation – 6%
Post Secondary teachers – 5%
Metal workers and plastic workers – 4%
Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers – 4%
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers – 3%
Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors – 7%
Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers – 7%
Waiters and waitresses – 4%
Child care workers – 4%
Retail sales workers except cashiers – 4%
Secretaries and administrative assistants – 4%
Cashiers – 4%
- 31.9% of Martin residents have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.
- Tennessee is a Right-to-Work State.
- Daytime population increased by 1,944 due to commuting.
- As of June 2014, Martin’s unemployment was 11.8%.