Workforce

A combined labor force of nearly 35,000 people in Gibson and Carroll Counties, and unemployment rates that are consistently higher than the state average, translate into eager, capable employees that are continually available to work. Additional neighboring counties, including Madison, Henderson, Weakley, and Crockett, further add to the labor force.

West Tennessee offers a skilled labor supply with a strong work ethic. Education & training for technical and management positions are plentiful with eight technology centers and several colleges and universities throughout the area. Wages in the West Tennessee area are competitive with other Southern cities of similar size.
Total Employment does not include discouraged or partially employed workers.

State Incentives

Tennessee offers numerous financial, credit, and employee assistance. Visit our page on State Incentives for more information.

Milan, TN

Located less than 25 miles from Jackson, TN, Milan is surrounded by key opportunities for educational growth. Many colleges and universities in the area offer a variety of higher education options for the growing local workforce, including six that are accredited four-year and postgraduate institutions. Jackson’s higher education institutions include:

  • Bethel University
  • Freed Hardeman University
  • Jackson State Community College
  • Lane College
  • Union University
  • University of Memphis-Lambuth Campus
  • University of Tennessee at Martin-Jackson Center
  • West Tennessee Business College

Jackson is also home to two community college/vocational schools: the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) and Jackson State Community College’s Ned McWherter Center for Advanced Industrial Technologies. These schools not only train students with their own quality programs; they also reach out to local companies to work together to benefit both parities through targeted training programs. Each school has numerous satellite locations in the West Tennessee area.

The Industrial Training Service utilizes dozens of educational institutions—including community colleges, technical institutes and technology centers—to educate students across the state of Tennessee. Students in Milan can benefit from this type of education, as can local new and growing local industries.

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