Workforce and Education

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Nearly 10,000 people work in Marion, Arkansas. The majority of those employees work in transportation, warehousing, healthcare and government. Marion’s workforce is diverse and the majority have attended or graduated from college.

 ASU Mid-South, Marion’s primary post-secondary institution, offers specialized training programs in logistics, supply chain management and customizable training programs to companies to assist with workforce gaps and development. 

 Eastern Arkansas Workforce Investment Board offers job training, placement, screening and job advertising to employers who locate to Marion.

 Annual Unemployment Rates, 2007-2012

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics (Not Seasonally Adjusted)


Labor Force Estimates

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Source: EASI Demographics based on 2010 Census data

Labor Force Est Critt Co

Source: EASI Demographics based on 2010 Census data

Employment by Industry

Employment by Industry

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, Employment by Industry

Marion Targeted Industries


Crittenden County Manufacturing Statistics:
Total Employees: 1,603
Total Companies: 42
Average Annual Wage: $44,038
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages 2011 Annual Averages

Marion is home to Hino Motors Manufacturing USA, a division of Toyota. Sitting on 200 acres and opening in October 2006, Hino Motors employs approximately 350 people and manufactures differential, rear axle and suspension related parts for light duty and commercial vehicles. The plant produces more 300,000 units annually.

Ritter Disposables is a privately, owned rag, wiper and apparel manufacturer.  The plant employs 21 people.

Arkansas is a right to work state.


Logistics and Distribution

Crittenden County Logistics and Distribution Statistics:
Total Employees: 1,451
Total Companies: 148
Average Annual Wage: $42,202
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages 2011 Annual Averages

Taking advantage of the intermodal facility operated by Union Pacific and an experienced workforce, more than 140 logistics and warehousing companies are located in Marion. Major players include Helena Chemical, Argo Distribution and Xtra Intermodal.

Union Pacific Intermodal Facility

UP’s intermodal facility is located on 600 acres in the southwest edge of Marion and is open 24 hours a day/7 days per week. The terminal connects Memphis with the west and provides service to the Port of Los Angeles.


Crittenden County Retail Statistics:
Total Employees: 1,902
Total Companies: 162
Average Annual Wage: $22,247
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages 2011 Annual Averages

AutoZone, Fred’s and 134 other retailers are operating lucrative businesses in Marion, AR. Higher than average household incomes support these businesses and residents are hungry for more. Local banks are establishing a footprint here with the recent Evolve Bank expansion leading the way.


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 Crittenden County Educational Attainment, 2010

Educ Attainment Critt Co

Source: EASI Demographics based on 2010 Census dataPre-AP class

Marion Public Schoolsstudents with Rep. Rick Crawford

Marion’s School District, home of the Patriots, is the 22nd district in Arkansas and is located 12 miles west of Memphis, Tennessee, in Crittenden County, Arkansas. Average enrollment is approximately 4,300 across all grade levels and the student:teacher ratio is 17:1.

Click here for a map of Marion’s schools and the general location of the district.dissecting pigs

Marion School District provides a comprehensive curriculum structure for all students in grades K-12, including children with special needs. All students are provided differentiated instruction in kindergarten through third grades with identification and placement in the gifted and talented cluster beginning at grade four. Physical education, music, and art are an integral part of the K-12 curriculum. Beginning band instruction begins in grade 6 and drama begins in grade 10. A full complement of technical education courses are available in grades eight through twelve, both on campus and through an articulation agreement with ASU Mid-South. Pre-AP and AP coursework in English, math, science, and social studies are also available for students who excel in the core curriculum. In the course of their studies, students also have the opportunity to use instructional technology at all school sites.

Marion School District actively recruits top teacher candidates throughout the year. First-year (novice) teachers participate in the district’s Mentoring Program, which provides support from experienced veteran teachers. All teachers and administrators participate in 60 hours of professional development each school year. Marion School District provides many of these professional development opportunities through in-district technology and curriculum training for all staff members. For more information and to register your child, please visit the Marion School District’s website here.

Memphis Metro Colleges and Universities by Enrollment

Colleges & univ

Source: National Center for Education Statistics and UTHSC via the Greater Memphis Chamber