HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - If you think north Alabama is getting crowded, just wait. Limestone, Morgan and Madison counties are expecting to hire 14,000 people collectively in the next three years.
The chamber of commerce for Huntsville and Madison County did a study recently asking about 100 local businesses about their plans. They say they’re adding 14,000 positions over the next few years. The chamber says those 14,000 jobs will create 11,000 additional jobs on top of that.
Unemployment in north Alabama right now is very low, so where are these 25,000 workers coming from? The chamber is focusing hard on recruitment, looking for candidates from young professionals all the to people with years of experience and veterans.
Starting in 2020, the director will be traveling to career fairs at colleges and military bases all around the state and the country. And there’s a wide variety in the types of jobs available including manufacturing, aerospace and defense, information technology and life sciences.
“We’ve done this before; we’ve responded to thousands of jobs coming in and being able to fill them locally by training people who may be unemployed or underemployed and then recruiting from across the country. I’m confident in the regions ability to work together and attract the work force that we need,” said Lucia Cape, senior vice president of economic development.
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