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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 in 2008 -2012
%   Females %
18% Educational services 23%
Educational services
18% Health care and social assistance 21%
Retail trade
10% Retail trade 19%
Accommodation and food service
9% Other services, except public administration 11%
Health care and social assistance
8% Manufacturing 9%
7% Accommodation and food services 7%
Admin & Support and Waste Management Services
7% Professional, scientific, and technical services 2%


Most Common Occupations
%   Females %
Other production occupations including supervisors
9% Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors 7%
Retail sales workers except cashiers
6% Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers 7%
Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupation
6% Waiters and waitresses 4%
Post Secondary teachers
5% Child care workers 4%
Metal workers and plastic workers
4% Retail sales workers except cashiers 4%
Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers
4% Secretaries and administrative assistants 4%
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
3% Cashiers 4%


Quick Facts

• 31.9% of Martin resident have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher.

• Tennessee is a Right-to-Work State.

• Daytime population increase by 1,944 due to commuting.

• As of June 2014, Martin’s unemployment was 11.8%.



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