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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 9,754 9,408 346 3.5%
Banks 10,940 10,673 267 2.4%
Hart 12,696 12,308 388 3.1%
Madison 13,659 13,228 431 3.2%
Stephens 10,624 10,193 431 4.1%
Oconee, SC 35,450 34,555 895 2.5%
Franklin County Area 93,123 90,365 2,758 3.1%
Sources: Georgia Department of Labor, Franklin County Area Labor Profile, 2023;
Oconee County, SC Community Profile, SC Department of Employment & Workforce

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.