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Jefferson County has the right workforce to meet your business needs. We have a labor pool of 27,809 skilled men and women, trained through our impressive university, local community college, and workforce development programs. And with low labor costs you’ll find it difficult to beat the value of Jefferson County, Arkansas’ workforce to support your business growth and expansion. 

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Jefferson County has a current  population of 67,260 people, with a median age of 38.8 years old and workforce of 27,809 people. Taking into consideration an increased demographic radius of 42 miles outside of the county, the workforce increases to 218,780 people (including several counties to the south and north). Given low congestion and ease of transportation, 42 miles is considered a commutable distance. With the exception of Jefferson County, Southeast Arkansas tends to be largely rural with numerous smaller urban areas. This area encompasses the following counties (2020 Census population):

Arkansas 17,149
Bradley 10,545
Cleveland 7,550
Dallas 6,482
Desha 11,395
Drew 17,350
Grant 17,958
Hot Spring 33,040
Jefferson 67,260
Lincoln 12,941
Population Total: 201,670




U.S. Bureau of Census - 2020 

Education and Skills 

Jefferson County’s workforce is talented. A total of 86% of people in Jefferson County have a high-school diploma or higher and 18% have a bachelor’s degree or higher. 

Workforce Development Programs:

Jefferson County participates in the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative that encourages local business and industry to sign up in support of the “national framework” program that emphasizes standardized workforce skills credentials. Jefferson County is currently at 100% attainment of nationally set workforce development goals. 

Local Colleges and Universities: 

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) - Located in the city of Pine Bluff, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff provides educational opportunities to about 2,700 students a year in fields such as arts and sciences, business, and education, with specializations in agriculture. UAPB offers more than thirty undergraduate programs, master’s degree programs and a highly regarded doctorate program in aquaculture/fisheries.

Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK) - Southeast Arkansas College a two-year community college located in the city of Pine Bluff, enrolls about 1,200 students a year in 28 technical programs, nursing and allied health programs, and general studies. 

The Associate to Bachelor's Program (A2B) is a collaborative degree program between the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK). The program allows students to simultaneously earn an associate degree at SEARK and a bachelor's degree at UAPB. Students may receive an associate degree upon completing 60 hours — 48 hours at SEARK and 12 at UAPB — with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. The concurrent enrollment empowers students to transfer between SEARK and UAPB seamlessly.


Arkansas was ranked as the #3 state for Cost of Doing Business and Cost of Living by CNBC in 2019, highlighting the affordable nature of the Arkansas workforce.

Source Average Employment Average Weekly Earnings
Natural Resources & Mining 128 $1,279.63
Construction 448 $844.51
Manufacturing 4,328 $1,291.22
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 4,108 $766.99
          Wholesale Trade 620 $1,027.15
          Retail Trade 2,831 $600.67
          Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities 657 $1,250.31
Information 55 $959.62
Financial Activities 999 $743.19
Professional & Business Services


Education & Health Services 4,094 $879.18
Leisure & Hospitality 2,660 $417.96
Other Services 413 $784.75
Local Government 2,277 $697.33
State Government 3,159 $908.47

Source: The Arkansas Dept. of Workforce Services reports employment income for Jefferson County for 3rd Quarter 2021


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