Macon, GA is located about 85 miles south of Atlanta, right in the center of the state, which is what earned the city its nickname: "The Heart of Georgia." Macon's economy has robust tourism and education sectors as well as a thriving cultural scene. In fact, Macon is the birthplace or hometown of a long list of famous musicians, including The Allman Brothers Band, Otis Redding, Little Richard, and several others. Home to about 90,000 people, Macon also houses several academic institutions, including Wesleyan College, Mercer University, Central Georgia Technical College, and Macon State College, among others.
While the median household income in Macon has remained consistently below the U.S. average, the cost of living is also 8.9 percent below the national average. The median home price in Macon is $97,800.
Macon, GA Job Opportunities
The top supplier of Macon, GA jobs is the Navicent Health Medical Center, with more than 6,000 employees. Available careers at Navicent include bed coordinators, medical coding specialists, emergency dispatchers, and nurse RN jobs. GEICO insurance company is the city's second-largest employer. GEICO offers positions such as customer service representative, auto claims adjuster and claim representative jobs in Macon, GA. Other major employers include the Bibb County Board of Education, the Coliseum Health System, the city government and Mercer University.
Macon, GA Employment Trends
While the growth rate of Macon, GA jobs has remained positive in recent years, the city has struggled with unemployment. In 2015, Macon had an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent, which is a considerable drop from its peak of 14.9 percent in June of 2011. Macon's unemployment remains considerably higher than that of nearby Warner Robins (6.4 percent) and Georgia as a whole (6.3 percent). Economists predict the most job growth in Macon in the areas of transportation and logistics, finance and healthcare.