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.

Augusta’s Employment Work Age Population

County Total 18 - 24 25 - 34 35 - 44 45 - 65
Burke 13,759 2,209 2,853 2,600 6,097
Columbia 84,991 11,577 18,115 19,341 35,958
Jefferson 9,726 1,490 1,965 1,850 4,421
McDuffie 12,712 1,770 2,525 2,611 5,806
Richmond 128,423 24,155 31,804 23,148 49,316
Total 249,611 41,201 57,262 49,550 101,598
  Source: U.S. Census, 2015 est.
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