Our Workforce

Norcross' dynamic workforce and industries are what makes our city competitive and one of the largest employment centers in Gwinnett County. We are an incredibly innovative community. TIME Magazine recently ranked Norcross #14 of 100 Most Genius Places in America based on the number of patents created by residents over the past 40 years. With a high labor force participation, we draw employees from and send residents to work in a range of surrounding communities which demonstrates that Norcross is deeply integrated with the regional economy – both in terms of workforce and employment sectors. Below you find several reasons why employers chose Norcross for our workforce.

Employment Destination

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Norcross is one of Gwinnett County’s largest employment centers. Job growth in Norcross has been strong – with employment growing over 15% from 2012 to 2017 –nearly double the national rate. The city is home to a diverse range of industries, nearly all of which are experiencing above-average growth. This is a clear sign of the overall competitive business climate in Norcross for primary job employers. Many industry clusters in Norcross pay relatively high salaries – making it easier to attract employees.

Large Labor Shed

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Due to the city’s central location in the Atlanta Metro, employers in Norcross draw from an extensive labor shed that features over 4.4 million individuals and 2.3 million existing workers. The labor shed includes a mix of employees and skillsets – including residents of Downtown Atlanta, Gwinnett County, and surrounding cities.

Young, Diverse Population

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The population of Norcross is young, diverse, and growing – with high levels of labor force participation. Working individuals in Norcross bring a variety of experience, skillsets, and language skills (over 100 languages are spoken locally). This contributes to an ethnically diverse mix of businesses that represent different cultures – an attractive asset for many modern businesses and talented individuals.

Large Student Population

Norcross has a large student population and increasingly well-rated schools – sending numerous graduates into the workforce and in pursuit of higher education each year.

Top-Rated Educational Institutions

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Norcross is located in close proximity to a number of colleges and universities that offer attractive business-supportive training and education programs, including Brenau University – North Atlanta Campus, Georgia Gwinnett College, Gwinnett Technical College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Emory University, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, University of Georgia, and more. The new Paul Duke STEM High School will prepare its students for high-demand STEM careers in the city and surrounding region.

Large Immigrant Population

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Norcross’ status as one of eight “Welcoming Cities” in the state of Georgia makes the city more attractive to immigrants and assisting in integrating immigrants into the local culture and economy.