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 268,000 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 percent have a background in information technology or intelligence

Augusta Technical College has, for many years, been the mainstay in training a highly trained workforce. Augusta Tech can train students to work in practically any field, whether it is manufacturing, distribution, cyber security, production, assembly, maintenance, or other disciplines required by today’s industries. The state’s award-winning QuickStart program guarantees a consistent supply of trained workers for new and existing industry’s fast start-ups.

Georgia is a Right-To-Work State, and union membership is significantly low. Labor-management relations are excellent in the Augusta area. Non-durable goods workers represent the majority of the union labor pool. In the last five years there has been no union activity.

Commuting Patterns

Columbia County 21,408 21.9% Columbia County 8,410 22.5%
Aiken County 9,411 9.6% Aiken County 4,784 12.8%
Burke County 2,110 2.2% Fulton County 3,319 8.9%
McDuffie County 1,662 1.7% Burke County 2,161 5.8%
Edgefield County 1,573 1.6% DeKalb County 1,412 3.8%
Other 22,619 38.5% Other 17,276 46.2%
Total In-Commute 58,783 60.2% Total Out-Commute 37,362 49.0%
Reside & Work in County 28,270 37.6% Reside & Work in County 28,270 47.0%
Total Workforce 97,623 100.0% Total Workforce 76,202 100.0%
Source: U.S. Census, Commuting Flows, 2017