A look at what makes the ‘Rocket City’ one of the healthiest job markets in the nation and what we can do to try to catch up.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — More than 8,000 engineers in this city lost their jobs in 1995 with a single stroke of Bill Clinton’s presidential pen.
Clinton had ended the so-called Stars Wars missile defense program, throwing Huntsville’s economy into a tailspin. With the loss of thousands of high-paying jobs, nearly every sector of the city’s job market was affected. [...]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — When Mirian Dyns moved from Stanford University in California to Huntsville’s HudsonAlpha Institute, she was worried about the schools, about activities for her three boys and about making the small Alabama city home after life in California.
Two years later, those worries have been put to rest. [...]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — You can find uncertainty mixed with optimism in this town.
The optimism comes from studies that find aerospace companies plan to hire 15,469 people nationwide this year. A good share of those jobs is likely to land in Huntsville. [...]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Were it not for the efforts of a former Nazi scientist, Huntsville today might still be what it was in the 1950s: the watercress capital of the world. [...]
How they stack up
The aerospace and defense industries in Huntsville account for nearly 158,000 direct and indirect jobs in a city of slightly more than 405,000. In Colorado Springs, population 380,000, the total is estimated at 80,000, representing the largest single sector of the economy.
Wages in Huntsville grew by 4.2 percent last year, slightly higher than the national average. Huntsville’s total payroll increased by 6 percent. In comparison, wages in Colorado Springs grew 2.2 percent in 2009, while overall payroll declined 2.7 percent as a result of workforce reductions and a shrinking pool of high-paying, high-tech jobs
Voices of Huntsville
Huntsville economic and population demographics