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Labor Force

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.


Stephens County, GA Labor Force Profile PDF

Stephens County, GA Occupational Wage Survey 2013 PDF


Employment by Industry

  • Services: 3,641
  • Wholesale and Retail: 2,501
  • Manufacturing: 2,075
  • Government: 792
  • Finance, insurance and real estate: 492
  • Construction: 453
  • Transportation and Communications: 331

Working Age

  • 60% of Stephens County’s population is between the ages of 18 and 65.
  • Stephens County Work Force: 12,844
  • Stephens Area Work Force: 53,015
  • 60% of the Stephens County labor force commutes less than 20 minutes to work.
  • Median Age: 42.4




Toccoa-Stephens County excels at employing Stephens County residents:

  • 79.3% of Stephens County residents who are employed work right here in Stephens County, versus the Georgia average of 58.5%
  • 30.7% of workers in Stephens County come from outside the county, versus the Georgia average of 41.8%
  • 4.9% of Stephens County residents are self-employed
  • 2% of Stephens County’s labor force work at home


Well educated workers

  • 74.7% of Stephens’ population are high school graduates or higher
  • 30% of Stephens’ population completed some college, Bachelors, or Graduate degrees


White and Blue

  • 60% of Stephens’ workers are engaged in white collar occupations
  • 39% of Stephens’ workers are engaged in blue collar occupations



Labor Force Satistics

  • Unemployment Rate - October 2018    
    • Stephens1: 4.2%
    • Region2: 3.1%
    • Georgia3: 4.5%
  • Workforce4
    • Stephens: 11,020
    • 15 minute drive: 27,303
    • 30 minute drive: 31,203
    • 45 minute drive: 107,082
    • 60 minute drive: 235,645
  • Number of insured Employees: 9,192
  • Total covered wages: $297,261,657
  • Average annual wages: $30,553
  • Average weekly wages: $660


1 Georgia Department of Labor, Labor Market Explorer, October 2018
2 Georgia Department of Labor, Area Labor Unemployment, October 2018
3 Georgia Department of Labor, Unemployment Rate Seasonally Adjusted, October 2018
4 Georgia Power Company, Select Georgia, October 2018

Toccoa-Stephens County Labor Draw Area: 30 Miles



Toccoa-Stephens County Labor Draw Area: 30 Miles



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.

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