Workforce Development

Workforce and Labor Pools

Sumter County maintains a labor force of almost 17,000 (Inflow Outflow) in the community, and over 300,000 within commuting distance.  With industrial manufacturing leading the workforce, a wide array of sectors can be found in Sumter County.  From mining to moldings and millworks, plastic and metal fabrication to contact centers and more, a wide array of sectors are represented in the community.  Agriculture continues to thrive and serve as the leading local economic impactor, with dairy, cotton, peanuts and fruits and vegetables leading the way.  Average wage rates create an opportunity for citizens to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle and for business and industry to find the workforce to meet demands.

The Sumter CountyLabor Force as provided by the Georgia Department of Labor provides a snapshot.

Sumter County Labor Force, December 2021

Sumter County Q3 2021 Industry Distribution

Sumter County Employment Wages, Q3, 2021

Average Hourly Wages - All Industries: $20.90

Average Weekly Wages – All Industries $839

Average Annual Wages – All Industries  $43,628

Source: HUD/GDOL


Sumter K-12 Institutions

Partnering with our K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions and training programs, Sumter County offers ample workforce training and development options to meet the needs of your business. Whether it is the K-12 systems initiating a pipeline of students and future workforce or post-secondary education resources for targeted training, job fairs and pre-employment screenings, there are options to meet all demands.  See below for partners, programs and workforce data.

Staying in tune with business and industry workforce needs, the community partners to ensure an ongoing pipeline of talent is continuously trained and readily available to ensure industry stability and growth.

The Sumter County School District is located in Sumter County, Georgia, the home of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter.  The District serves over 3,700 students from Americus, Leslie, Desoto and Plains. Teachers, administrators, support staff members and the Board of Education are committed to achieving the mission of graduating all students. We are also committed to providing a quality, equitable education for all students and providing appropriate professional learning opportunities for all staff members.

IGNITE College and Career Academy, through the Sumter County school system, opened during the 2021/2022 school season. The Academy teaches students skills necessary to work in a career or college pathway. 

Southland Academy

Students should be challenged to reach their highest potential in academics, sports, and the arts. Each individual learns best when engaged in activities such as critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making in all curriculum areas. Students should be expected to accept responsibility and are held accountable for their actions. The educational process should be the cooperative effort of students, teachers, families, and community members...

Sumter Post-Secondary Institutions Providing Higher Education Training

Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) earned a spot as one of the Best Value Colleges in Georgia for 2020 by Textbook Rush based on the affordable cost of attendance and the reasonable early and established career earnings of graduates.

South Georgia Technical College offers a wide variety of associate degrees, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit. From Welding, Culinary Arts, and Criminal Justice to Marketing Management, Aerospace programs, and Early Childhood Care and Education, SGTC has extensive capacity to address industry training needs.  The programs are uniquely designed by combining classroom and hands-on training to provide real life skills and experiences.

South Georgia Technical College (SGTC)

As a member of the Technical College System of Georgia and a residential institution of higher education, it is the mission of South Georgia Technical College to prepare individuals for success in the workforce by providing accessible, high-quality associate of applied science degrees, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, and non-credit programs and services that support the needs of citizens, businesses, and industries within our service delivery area in Southwest Georgia.

  • Named "Best Community College" in Georgia by Niche, in 2020, 2019, and 2018..

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