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Economic Development / Workforce

Ready to Staff Your New or Expanding Business?

Labor in Franklin County, Georgia is readily available, including skilled labor for manufacturing. Franklin County’s location along Interstate 85 in northeast Georgia, near Athens and the University of Georgia, gives employers access to higher skilled white-collar workers as well. Designated as a Georgia Work Ready community, Franklin County is ready to staff your new or expanding business.


County Labor Force Employed Unemployed UE Rate
Franklin 9,993 9,610 383 3.8%
Banks 9,538 9,241 297 3.1%
Hart 11,681 11,258 423 3.6%
Madison 13,689 13,206 483 3.5%
Stephens 10,964 10,468 496 4.5%
Oconee, SC 34,900 33,741 1,159 3.2%
Franklin County Area 90,765 87,524 3,241 3.6%
Source: Georgia Department of Labor, Franklin County Area Labor Profile, 2018

North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) is responsive to the training needs of employers and is the provider in Franklin County of Georgia’s acclaimed Quick Start program. Quick Start works with qualified companies to establish custom employee training programs, either on campus or on site, at no cost to the employer.

Franklin County also is home to Emmanuel College, a four-year private liberal arts college, and is convenient to the University of Georgia, located 45 minutes south.

Franklin County has a high-quality public education system that coordinates with Franklin County industries to teach the skills that industry needs in its future employees.

Franklin County also participates in the Georgia Department of Labor’s GeorgiaBEST program, which provides soft-skill and work ethic-related training to our students to prepare them for a successful career after graduation.