Labor Force

Diverse & Growing

The quality of Augusta’s labor force is recognized as one of the best in the nation, due to our history of providing workers for manufacturing and distribution for over 150 years. Augusta has been nationally recognized by multiple publications as one of the nations "Best of" communities.

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The entire Augusta MSA has a growing population, which is young, diverse, educated and upwardly mobile. An area population of more than 600,000 and a workforce of more than 270,000 represent a strong and stable labor pool for new and expanding companies. The millennial population in Augusta has increased by more than 25% in the last 5 years.

The Augusta labor force is strong for many reasons, one being the presence of Fort Gordon, home to the US Army Cyber Command. On average, 150 military personnel separate from the military each month. Of these, 60% have a background in information technology or intellegence and 70% self report as wanting to stay in the Augusta Metro Area.

Active Employment Applicants (Draw Area defined as: Burke, Columbia, McDuffie, and Richmond)

Occupation County Surrounding Draw Area Total
Managerial 408 378 786
Business & Finance 167 134 301
Computers & Math 128 121 249
Architecture & Engineering 73 70 143
Life & Social Services 49 44 93
Communications & Services 126 52 178
Legal 18 11 29
Education & Training 217 139 356
Arts & Design 96 65 161
Health Practitioners 178 143 321
Health Support 308 143 451
Protection Services 211 122 333
Food Preparation 674 278 952
Ground Cleaning 411 129 540
Personal Care 276 126 402
Sales 788 425 1,213
Office Support 2,058 1,128 3,186
Farming & Forestry 14 19 33
Construction 776 585 1,361
Installation Maintenance 407 321 728
Production 1,129 1,140 2,269
Transportation & Moving 1,102 660 1,762
  Source: Georgia Department of Labor, 2017
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