Jenkins County, Georgia’s labor force is capable, loyal and primarily non-union with strong work ethics. Jenkins County’s labor force is nearly 3,500 workers, but the labor force draw area increases the available labor pool to 115,436 within a 45-minute drive and to nearly a half million workers within a 60-minute drive. Our location is less than an hour from metro Augusta’s more than 173,000 workers and about an hour from metro Savannah’s 198,000 workers, adding significantly to the potential available workforce for industries in Jenkins County.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Inflow/Outflow Analysis, 2020

Source: Georgia Department of Labor Area Labor Profiles Q4 2023

Workforce Training

New and expanding businesses in Jenkins County may qualify for free pre- and post-employment training for employees through Georgia’s Quick Start program, consistently recognized in the top three training programs in the U.S. Quick Start provides training space, instructors, and all materials related to the company’s customized program, potentially saving companies hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in training costs. Locally, Quick Start is administered by Southeastern Technical College with training taking place at Southeastern Tech’s Swainsboro campus about 30 minutes from Millen or on-site by arrangement with the qualifying company. Southern Tech also offers more than 90 degree, diploma, and technical certificate programs to supply the workforce for the region’s strategic industries.

WorkSource CSRA operates a One-Stop office in Millen to help residents identify, train for, and access area jobs and to help area employers locate and hire qualified candidates.

Part of the workforce pipeline is fed by students graduating from Jenkins County Schools. Additionally, more than 40 colleges and universities within 100 miles of Millen and can potentially be tapped for entry level workers..