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.

Labor Force & Employment Draw

County Labor Force Employed Unemployed Unemployment Rate
Aiken 75,378 71,869 3,509 4.7%
Burke 9,507 8,828 679 7.1%
Columbia 70,847 67,404 3,443 4.9%
Edgefield 10,863 10,276 587 5.4%
Jefferson 6,765 6,206 559 8.3%
McDuffie 9,061 8,339 722 8.0%
Richmond 87,020 80,620 6,400 7.4%
Richmond Area 269,441 253,542 15,899 5.9%

Draw Area defined as: Aiken (SC), Burke, Columbia, Edgefield (SC), Jefferson, McDuffie, and Richmond

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Force Data by County, January 2017
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