|The Region One Northwest Workforce Consortium has
developed a process for sharing planning information between the
One-Stop Partner organizations. Each agency has responded to a series of
questions as they pertain to their service area. The responses from each
partnering agency follow.
1. Within Polk and Haralson
counties, the service-providing industry is the largest segment
employing 48% of the workforce followed by the goods-producing industry
employing 33% of the workforce. The remaining 20% of the workforce
are employed in federal, state, and local governments.
The 2005 average Unemployment rate for the area is 5.1%.
2. The local chambers and
development authorities are aggressively marketing the area to
3. The majority of the
workforce has completed high school or obtained a GED. Approximately 38%
of the work force has less than a high school education.
Approximately 20% have some college or an associate degree; and
approximately 4% have a bachelor’s degree.
4. Employers need workers
with good work ethics and workers that are trainable. There
is also a need for bilingual workers in some areas.
5. Job seekers most frequently stress the need of higher hourly wages,
the availability of longer working hours and, most importantly, health
insurance and other benefits, which will enable them to become more
6. The Department of Labor can assist employers and job seekers with a
wide array of needed services.
7. Honda Precision
began production at their new
in May 2006.
At full capacity Honda expects to employ 440 individuals.
Several other industries have expanded. Numerous
retail establishments have opened and more are in the construction or
planning stages. The area is
poised for rapid growth.
8. There have been no recent
business closings or significant layoffs.
9. Visit GDOL and
chamber web sites for wage surveys and community information: www.dol.state.ga.us,
Desired State for the Future:
point to an economic boom for the area.
The population is expected in increase along with the industry
population, from 2000 to 2010, is
projected to increase by 16.8%. Polk’s
increase is expected to be 13.1%. The
area is in a prime location and is accessible to
via the transportation corridors
of Interstate 20, four-lane Highway 27 and four-lane Highway 278.
Two technical colleges are located in the area,
and the Rockmart Campus of
in Rockmart. In
addition to job openings due to employment growth openings will occur
from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations,
retire, die, or leave the work force permanently.
Over the next two years job openings resulting from replacement
needs will exceed those resulting from growth in many occupations. The
is prepared to assist new and
existing industries with employee
recruitment, including mass recruiting, posting job openings on the
Internet, referring potential employees, and on-site interviewing.
following goals and performance measures are established for the career
Georgia Works Training Placements
Entered Employment Rate
Various other “quality of work” standards with the Unemployment
Insurance Program, Veteran Services, and Employment Services.