Georgia Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 285,092 employers, up 3.1% from 276,495
  • 4,502,167 employees, up 1.8% from 4,423,506
  • $1,016 average weekly wage, up 3.9% from $978
  • The average weekly wage is 7.2% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 10.8% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 8,597, which is an increase of 3.1%. The number of employees in Georgia increased by 78,661, an increase of 1.8%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $38, an increase of 3.9%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 8,527 or 3.2%. Growth in private businesses in Georgia grew faster than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 78,499 or 2.1%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Georgia was faster than the national average of 1.4%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $40 or 4.1%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Georgia grew faster than the national average of 3.8%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 12.9% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 1.4%. Retail trade (11.4%), which increased by 0.8% and Healthcare (9.2%), which increased by 2.7%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Arts and entertainment1724.8%
Information1933.8%
Accommodation and food services7113.5%
Construction6803.3%
Real estate and rental3372.9%
Transport and warehousing2002.8%
Waste services4482.7%
Healthcare6792.7%
Educational services792.4%
Professional services5141.4%
Manufacturing1121.1%
Finance and insurance1601.1%
Utilities40.9%
Retail trade2510.8%
Wholesale trade900.4%
Mining and oil extraction10.4%
Agriculture and forestry70.3%
Other services-92-0.5%
Company management-25-1.7%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 11.1% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 3.3% in the last year. Retail trade (10.9%), decreased by 0.5% and Accommodation and food services (9.9%), increased by 1.9%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Company management16,77022.8%
Real estate and rental3,1664.6%
Construction8,1274.2%
Arts and entertainment2,3744.1%
Healthcare15,9553.3%
Educational services2,4123.2%
Information2,6432.3%
Other services2,4182.2%
Waste services6,6562.0%
Professional services5,4132.0%
Accommodation and food services8,1571.9%
Wholesale trade1,8930.9%
Agriculture and forestry1830.8%
Finance and insurance1,1520.7%
Utilities370.2%
Mining and oil extraction100.2%
Transport and warehousing-298-0.1%
Manufacturing-752-0.2%
Retail trade-2,426-0.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,197per week compared with the state average of $1,025. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $237 or 12.1%. Information ($1,810), rose by $55 or 3.1% and Utilities ($1,656) increased by $116 or 7.5% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Company management$23712.1%
Utilities$1167.5%
Other services$355.1%
Waste services$375.0%
Construction$544.9%
Wholesale trade$684.8%
Professional services$714.5%
Accommodation and food services$143.9%
Finance and insurance$603.8%
Arts and entertainment$233.7%
Real estate and rental$383.6%
Information$553.1%
Healthcare$282.9%
Agriculture and forestry$192.9%
Retail trade$162.7%
Educational services$252.4%
Mining and oil extraction$211.7%
Manufacturing$161.5%
Transport and warehousing$-41-3.8%


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 6.2% of the businesses in the state (with 17,537 employing 373,253 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 596 more businesses, an increase of 3.5% in the last year. Wholesale trade agents and brokers (3.5% of businesses) added 88 businesses, an increase of 0.9% and Computer systems design and related services (3.1% of businesses) added 7 businesses, an increase of 0.1% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Securities and commodity exchanges2100.0%
Health and welfare funds777.8%
Petroleum refineries266.7%
Commodity contracts dealing642.9%
Laminated plastics plate sheet and shapes240.0%
Other depository credit intermediation1333.3%
Sewage treatment facilities233.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places5963.5%
Residential building construction3528.1%
Offices of physicians2022.9%
Medical and diagnostic laboratories18720.9%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers1764.0%
Convenience stores15312.2%
Accounting and bookkeeping services1413.1%


Employees by Industry

Wholesale trade agents and brokers (3.5% of employees) added 88 employees, an increase of 0.9% and Computer systems design and related services (3.1% ofemployees) added 7 employees, an increase of 0.1% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Satellite telecommunications69118.8%
Music publishers1294.5%
Soybean farming1880.5%
Beef cattle ranching farming and feedlots20775.8%
Small electrical appliance manufacturing874.0%
Amusement arcades44271.2%
Health and welfare funds2152.7%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Management of companies and enterprises16,77022.8%
Offices of physicians13,16614.7%
Restaurants and other eating places7,0201.9%
General warehousing and storage5,05011.8%
Motion picture and video production2,95223.4%
Couriers and express delivery services2,85313.9%
Professional employer organizations2,83410.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $4,261 compared with the state average of $1,025. Employees in the Investment banking and securities dealing industry were paid $71 more per week, an increase of 1.7% in the last year. Small electrical appliance manufacturing ($3,960) and Audio and video equipment manufacturing ($3,258) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Small electrical appliance manufacturing ($3,960 per week) were paid $1,702 more per week, an increase of 75.4% and Audio and video equipment manufacturing ($3,258 per week) were paid $0 more per week, an increase of 0.0% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Inland water transportation$612112.9%
Small electrical appliance manufacturing$1,70275.4%
Motor vehicle electric equipment mfg.$1,09771.8%
Motion picture and video distribution$1,17965.0%
Other electrical equipment and component mfg.$56561.5%
Industrial design services$48043.8%
Outdoor advertising$52339.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Small electrical appliance manufacturing$1,70275.4%
Motion picture and video distribution$1,17965.0%
Motor vehicle electric equipment mfg.$1,09771.8%
Inland water transportation$612112.9%
Other electrical equipment and component mfg.$56561.5%
Outdoor advertising$52339.5%
Industrial design services$48043.8%


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 92.4%. (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%.

Top Industries for Business and Employment

The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of businesses:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Businesses
Industry# Businesses% Change
Restaurants and other eating places17,5373.5%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers10,0650.9%
Computer systems design and related services8,8940.1%
Offices of physicians7,2672.9%
Management consulting services6,5981.2%
Offices of lawyers5,8451.0%
Residential building construction4,6728.1%
Accounting and bookkeeping services4,6273.1%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers4,5754.0%
Insurance agencies and brokerages4,5101.2%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of employees:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Employees
Industry# Employees% Change
Restaurants and other eating places373,2531.9%
General medical and surgical hospitals140,374-4.0%
Temporary help services121,8010.1%
Offices of physicians102,73414.7%
Management of companies and enterprises90,32022.8%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores79,138-0.5%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters74,931-0.7%
Computer systems design and related services71,9501.5%
General warehousing and storage47,99011.8%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels46,3403.4%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by highest wages:

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Investment banking and securities dealing$4,2611.7%
Small electrical appliance manufacturing$3,96075.4%
Audio and video equipment manufacturing$3,2580.0%
Motion picture and video distribution$2,99365.0%
Securities brokerage$2,884-3.2%
Spectator sports$2,8477.5%
Portfolio management$2,8090.0%
All other financial investment activities$2,67220.3%
Motor vehicle electric equipment mfg.$2,62571.8%
Credit card issuing$2,61115.4%




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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.