Stephens County is unique in its well-educated workforce with specified skills in the service and manufacturing sectors. Stephens residents don’t just gain their education here; they can also find jobs here.
Employment by Sector
60 percent of Stephens County’s population is between the ages of 18 and 65.
Stephens County excels at employing Stephens residents:
- 79.3 percent of Stephens County residents who are employed work right here in Stephens County, versus the Georgia average of 58.5 percent.
- 30.7 percent of workers in Stephens County come from outside the county, versus the Georgia average of 41.8 percent.
- 4.9 percent of Stephens County residents are self-employed.
- 2 percent of Stephens County’s labor force work at home.
Well educated workers
- 74.7 percent of Stephens’ population are high school graduates or higher.
- 30 percent of Stephens’ population completed some college, Bachelors, or Graduate degrees.
White and Blue
- 60 percent of Stephens’ workers are engaged in white collar occupations.
- 39 percent of Stephens’ workers are engaged in blue collar occupations.
Unemployment Rate - Dec 2013 Stephens: 7.1%, Georgia: 7.4%
Total work force: 12,766
Number of insured Employees: 9,192
Total covered wages: $297,261,657
Average annual wages: $30,553
Average weekly wages: $660
Claims, Year to Date: 1,195
Benefits Paid, Year to Date: $921,606
Average weekly benefit amount: $232
(GA Dept. of Labor)
The SCDA is responsible for the recruitment of new businesses including industrial, manufacturing, distribution, corporate and regional headquarters and customer service centers. It also provides support and assistance with all other types of economic development projects.
The SCDA also works with existing businesses and industries to ensure their continued success. While recruitment of new industry is a significant function, aiding in existing industry expansion and retention is just as significant. About 80 percent of all new jobs in Georgia come as a result of existing industry expansion.
Georgia Work Ready
State Tax Credits
Opportunity Zone Tax Credit
Freeport Tax Exemption
Training and Education
Grants & Other Finance Options
Drugs Don't Work
A couple of years ago, the Stephens County Development Authority informed us that we were located in an Opportunity Zone which qualified us for tax credits that were applied to our GA payroll taxes for adding new employees. We were able to realize these savings. We are thankful to our local development authority for making sure that we were taking advantage of all the tax credits available to us.-
From the beginning of our interest in moving to Toccoa-Stephens County, the Stephens County Development Authority made regular trips to our office to make sure we are adjusting to our new home and acclimated to the community resources in Stephens County. They provided a wealth of information on Georgia Business Incentives and tax incentives specific to Stephens County. They introduced us to many connections in Stephens County. We now are well connected with the Department of Labor and attend their monthly meeting and after SCDA's help with some paperwork we have taken advantage of GDOL's Incumbent Worker Program. The Development Authority also shared their long list of local vendors with us and we were able to find our utilities provider, an insurance agent, a computer technician and research local CPAs. Basically, the SCDA is our go to. If we can't figure it out or just need some guidance on an issue we don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call. We definitely appreciate the Stephens County Development Authority's efforts to make Toccoa a great place to do business. They truly make us feel welcome and appreciated in Stephens County!-