Workforce Development

Workforce and Labor Pools

Sumter County maintains a labor force of almost 17,000 (Inflow and County residents) 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 Comparative, November 2023

Sumter County Q2 2023 Industry Distribution

Sumter County Employment Wages, Q2, 2023, as of 01/2024

Average Hourly Wages - All Industries: $21.20

Average Weekly Wages – All Industries $848

Average Annual Wages – All Industries  $44,096

Source: HUD/GDOL


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.