Workforce Profile

Our labor shed spans 10 counties in Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois and has a combined population of 239,068 people. The region has a range of skilled and dedicated workers, from truck drivers and machinists to fabricators, electricians and welders.

Marshall County Labor Shed

The Marshall County Labor Shed consists of 10 counties in Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois and has a population of 239,068 people.  The 10 counties which comprise the labor shed are:

  • Marshall County, KY
  • Calloway County, KY
  • McCracken County, KY
  • Graves County, KY
  • Carlisle County, KY
  • Caldwell County, KY
  • Livingston County, KY
  • Trigg County, KY
  • Lyon County, KY
  • Massac County, IL

Employment by Occupation/Sector

Skilled Labor

Our 10-County Labor Shed Region is home to the following skilled workers:

  • 2,449 Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • 1,945 Laborers & Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
  • 817 Captains, Mates, & Pilots of Water Vessels
  • 758 Team Assemblers
  • 604 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
  • 593 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 591 Machinists
  • 589 Electricians
  • 584 Sailors & Marine Oilers
  • 536 First-Line Supervisors of Production & Operating Workers
  • 508 Assemblers & Fabricators
  • 499 Welders
  • 497 Industrial Truck & Tractor Operators
  • 417 Packers & Packagers, Hand
  • 386 Plumbers, Pipefitters, & Steamfitters
  • 357 Diesel Engine Specialists
  • 355 Chemical Equipment Operators
  • 347 Packaging & Filling Machine Operators
  • 333 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, & Weighers
  • 292 Automotive & Watercraft Service Attendants
  • 245 Engine & Other Machine Assemblers
  • 232 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation & Material Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
  • 221 Slaughterers & Meat Packers
  • 214 Mixing & Blending Machine Operators
  • 170 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, & Material Movers, Hand
  • 159 Industrial Production Managers
  • 158 Ship Engineers
  • 151 Molding, Coremaking, & Casting Machine Operators
  • 147 Industrial Engineers
  • 140 Mechanical Engineers
  • 129 Chemical Plant & Systems Operators
  • 129 Machine Feeders & Offbearers
  • 124 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 116 Cutting, Punching, & Press Machine Operators
  • 103 Chemical Engineers
  • 102 Software Developers
  • 101 Civil Engineers
  • 91 Power Plant Operators
  • 87 Sawing Machine Operators
  • 84 CNC Machine Operators
  • 79 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
  • 74 Chemists

Marshall County is also a certified Work Ready Community. Its school district has committed to improving its graduation rates, emphasizing career readiness and teaching soft skills to help produce a quality workforce.

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