Labor & Workforce


Athens-Clarke County residents make up a diverse work force. If you are hiring, look no farther than the Classic City.

Area Labor Force by the numbers

    • Athens-Clarke County: 63,278 workers
    • Oconee County: 18,366
    • Total Clarke Area: 166,235
    • Athens unemployment rate: 5.6% (August 2015)

Education of Labor Force

    • More than 75 percent of the labor force have a high school diploma
    • More than 60 percent went to college
    • More than 8 percent have post-graduate degrees


Occupational Profile of Athens-Clarke County residents

    • Total civilian work force: 54,698
    • University and government industry: 32 percent
    • Professional industry: 16 percent
    • Service industry: 16 percent
    • Administrative support: 14 percent
    • Sales industry: 12 percent
    • Management, business and financial industry: 8 percent


Assistance Programs

The state of Georgia provides many workforce training and assistance programs at little or no charge to help business develop their employees' skills. In addition, Athens-Clarke County benefits from the Small Business Development Center. This center offers assistance in the creation and expansion of small businesses throughout the area. It is comprised of four programmatic divisions: Business Expansion Support Services, Economic Development Services, Minority Business Development, and the Small Business Development Center.