Workforce

The labor force of Habersham County extends beyond its county borders.  Companies can expect to draw workers from surrounding counties, or even communities an hour away. The talent of the labor force is also dynamic, ranging from metal fabrication to medical supply production.  And when it comes to education and training, the Habersham County School System, North Georgia Technical College, and Piedmont College produce a large group of well-qualified workers.

Labor Market

Habersham County's in-county labor force is approximately 20,000 workers, and with an average unemployment rate of 8%-9%, companies can expect an average surplus of 1,500 readily-available workers.  

The area labor force extends beyond the borders of Habersham County.  Thanks to the strong road network that criss-crosses northeast Georgia, approximately 30% of Habersham County's workers commute from another county or city.

Quick Labor Market Facts

  • Labor Force within a 30-minute commute: 156,000 people; 14,799 unemployed
  • Labor Force within a 45-minute commute: 240,000 people; 22,800 unemployed
  • Labor Force within a 60-minute commute: 766,000 people; 72,000 unemployed

Wages of Area Workforce

Due to the low cost of living and Georgia's Right To Work policy (i.e. Non-Union), wages in northeast Georgia are efficient and competitive.  Average wages vary according to industry sector, but employers can review average wages by specific professions/sectors in the Habersham County Wage Guide.

Education of Area Workforce

Thanks to a the efforts of a forward-thinking public school system, a nationally-recognized private school, a thriving local technical college, and a progressive private four-year college, Habersham County has a well-educated population.  Additionally, the University of Georgia, Brenau University,mthe University of North Georgia are all within a one-hour drive of Habersham County.

Quick Labor Education Facts

  • Yearly high school graduates: 3,000 people
  • At least a high school diploma/GED: 70.9% (110,328 people)
  • At least a bachelor's degree: 10.5% (1,643 people)