Georgia Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 283,844 employers, up 2.5% from 276,970
  • 4,469,700 employees, up 2.4% from 4,366,197
  • $1,121 average weekly wage, up 2.5% from $1,094
  • The average weekly wage is 5.3% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 8.8% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 6,874, which is an increase of 2.5%. The number of employees in Georgia increased by 103,503, an increase of 2.4%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $27, an increase of 2.5%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 6,912 or 2.6%. Growth in private businesses in Georgia grew slower than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 102,309 or 2.8%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Georgia was faster than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $26 or 2.3%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Georgia grew slower than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 13.0% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 2.1%. Retail trade (11.5%), which increased by 0.5% and Healthcare (9.2%), which increased by 2.4%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information2334.6%
Educational services1434.4%
Arts and entertainment1564.4%
Real estate and rental3893.4%
Accommodation and food services6483.2%
Transport and warehousing2173.1%
Construction6073.0%
Mining and oil extraction62.7%
Healthcare6032.4%
Professional services7482.1%
Waste services3242.0%
Wholesale trade3191.5%
Manufacturing1351.4%
Other services1340.7%
Retail trade1720.5%
Finance and insurance360.2%
Agriculture and forestry00.0%
Company management-27-1.8%
Utilities-14-3.0%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 11.2% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 4.2% in the last year. Retail trade (11.0%), increased by 0.0% and Accommodation and food services (9.8%), increased by 2.6%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Company management17,75324.5%
Arts and entertainment3,0586.4%
Real estate and rental3,9655.9%
Construction10,5235.6%
Educational services3,1474.3%
Healthcare20,0444.2%
Other services3,8863.7%
Professional services8,2343.0%
Wholesale trade5,5182.6%
Accommodation and food services10,9592.6%
Agriculture and forestry3711.6%
Information1,8481.6%
Utilities2281.2%
Transport and warehousing2,0531.0%
Waste services3,3721.0%
Finance and insurance8090.5%
Mining and oil extraction140.3%
Manufacturing6030.2%
Retail trade1060.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $3,338per week compared with the state average of $1,149. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $391 or 13.3%. Utilities ($2,939), rose by $122 or 4.3% and Finance and insurance ($2,391) declined by $5 or 0.2% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Company management$39113.3%
Information$1567.4%
Waste services$395.0%
Other services$304.3%
Utilities$1224.3%
Professional services$613.6%
Construction$363.1%
Accommodation and food services$113.1%
Wholesale trade$462.9%
Healthcare$222.3%
Agriculture and forestry$162.3%
Retail trade$132.1%
Educational services$171.7%
Arts and entertainment$61.0%
Real estate and rental$40.3%
Finance and insurance$-5-0.2%
Mining and oil extraction$-82-5.1%
Manufacturing$-71-5.7%
Transport and warehousing$-127-9.4%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Georgia. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.1% of the businesses in the state (with 17,418 employing 364,961 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 526 more businesses, an increase of 3.1% in the last year. Wholesale trade agents and brokers (3.6% of businesses) added 274 businesses, an increase of 2.8% and Computer systems design and related services (3.2% of businesses) added 103 businesses, an increase of 1.2% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Health and welfare funds8100.0%
Leather and hide tanning and finishing2100.0%
Ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturing480.0%
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals3756.1%
Abrasive product manufacturing250.0%
Laminated plastics plate sheet and shapes240.0%
Commodity contracts dealing535.7%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places5263.1%
Residential building construction3367.9%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers2742.8%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers2375.5%
Convenience stores17013.9%
Business associations15131.5%
Accounting and bookkeeping services1433.2%


Employees by Industry

Wholesale trade agents and brokers (3.6% of employees) added 274 employees, an increase of 2.8% and Computer systems design and related services (3.2% ofemployees) added 103 employees, an increase of 1.2% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Small electrical appliance manufacturing11115.5%
All other animal production162108.0%
Music publishers862.6%
Educational support services1,29858.8%
Local messengers and local delivery80658.7%
Other financial vehicles12850.8%
Trusts estates and agency accounts1447.2%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Management of companies and enterprises17,75324.5%
Restaurants and other eating places8,6692.4%
General medical and surgical hospitals5,9544.1%
Couriers and express delivery services4,90023.4%
Offices of physicians3,5274.0%
General warehousing and storage3,0687.1%
Motion picture and video production2,71018.7%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Wholesale trade agents and brokers ($4) and Computer systems design and related services ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Wholesale trade agents and brokers ($4 per week) were paid $274 more per week, an increase of 2.8% and Computer systems design and related services ($3 per week) were paid $103 more per week, an increase of 1.2% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Taxi service$757124.9%
Inland water transportation$595109.6%
Recyclable material merchant wholesalers$1,01293.4%
Ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturing$23051.8%
Family planning centers$26950.5%
Motion picture and video distribution$84249.0%
Other consumer goods rental$37148.6%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Recyclable material merchant wholesalers$1,01293.4%
Motion picture and video distribution$84249.0%
Taxi service$757124.9%
Small electrical appliance manufacturing$75029.8%
Newspaper publishers$74629.1%
Motor vehicle electric equipment mfg.$74638.4%
Rail transportation$63338.1%


Company Size

Georgia Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Georgia by far. 61.3% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 262,086 small businesses in the state represent 95.1% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Georgia added 6,912 businesses in the last year, an increase of 2.6% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 6,701 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.6% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 194 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.5% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 17 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 3.1% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Georgia Employees by Business Size

Georgia added 306,926 employees in the last year, an increase of 8.7% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 100,698 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 62.4% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 112,416 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 7.8% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 93,812 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 16.0% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Georgia Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Georgia (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 10.5% more than the national average ($1,123 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Georgia (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 9.9% workers below the national average ($1,740 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $74 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.0% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $77 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.2% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $96 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 3.1% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Data Sources




About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.