129 County Recreation Road, Suite 200
P.O. Box 801 • Blairsville, GA 30514

Phone: 706-745-4500 Fax: 706-745-1859
Friday - Sep 20, 2019

Expand, Grow, Build in Union County

Union County, Georgia’s labor force is experienced, capable and 100% non-union, with strong and loyal work
ethics. In addition to those workers who reside in Union County, the Blairsville area is fortunate to have access
to an expanded labor pool from the surrounding Georgia counties of Fannin, Lumpkin, Towns and White, as well
as the North Carolina counties of Cherokee and Clay that collectively form our labor-shed area. It is common for
workers to commute 35 miles or more to jobs in Union County.


 

Georgia is an “employment at will” state, so as a general rule, an employee may not sue the employer for “wrongful discharge.” An employee may sue an employer for breach of contract or “quantum merit.”

Georgia is a “right-to-work” state.

For additional employment trends, employment by industry sector, and other labor force activity information, click to download the AREA LABOR PROFILE for Union County, GA.

Union County
Year Labor
Force
Number
Employed
Number
Unemployed
Unemployment
Rate
2018 10,240 9,865 374 3.7%
2010 9,501 8,456 1,046 11.0%
2000 8,138 7,821 317 3.9%
1990 5,196 4,973 223 0.3%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Union County Area labor Shed
Year Labor
Force
Number
Employed
Number
Unemployed
Unemployment
Rate
2018 74,084 71,283 2,800 4.1%
2010 67,621 59,944 7,680 11.7%
2000 58,846 56,396 2,450 4.2%
1990 41,924 39,285 2,639 6.3%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Georgia
Year Labor
Force
(million)
 
Number
Employed
(million)
 
Number
Unemployed
Unemployment
Rate
2018 5.1 4.9 201,482 3.9%
2010 4.7 4.2 494,624 10.5%
2000 4.2 4.0 147,527 3.5%
1990 3.3 3.1 170,747 5.2%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

United States
Year Labor
Force
(million)
 
Number
Employed
(million)
 
Number
Unemployed
(million)
 
Unemployment
Rate
2018 161.9 155.6 6.3 3.9%
2010 153.9 138.9 14.8 9.6%
2000 142.4 136.9 5.7 4.0%
1990 125.9 118.8 7.1 5.6%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics