Total Industry Growth
Total employment in WIA Area #17 is expected to grow from more than 153,500 jobs in 2002 to more than 166,000 by the year 2012, which equates to more than 1,250 new jobs added each year. This area is the chief producer of agricultural products in Georgia and is the largest producer of both peanuts and pecans in the United States. In addition to having substantial employment in education and healthcare, this area is also a principal producer of food and kindred products, apparel and other textile mill products, and paper and wood products. The top ten industries in this area with the most job growth are listed below.
Industry Rate of Growth
The area's economy is expected to lag behind both the state's and the nation's economy over the projection period. Area job growth is expected to be 0.8 percent per year, while Georgia's job growth is expected to be 1.6 percent per year and the nation is expected to have annual job growth of 1.4 percent. The ten fastest growing industries in this area are listed below.
Occupations with the Most Job Growth
Fastest Growing Occupations
Occupations with the Most Annual Openings
Georgia Department of Labor Workforce Information & Analysis
Michael L. Thurmond Commissioner
For copies of the Georgia Career Planner, Georgia Workforce Trends in Brief or this publication,call 404/232-3875 or contact your local Department of Labor office.