Valdosta, GA Employment Information

Valdosta, Georgia Overview Valdosta is in southern Georgia's Lowndes County, near the border between Florida and ...

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Valdosta, Georgia Overview

Valdosta is in southern Georgia's Lowndes County, near the border between Florida and Georgia. It's the 14th largest city in Georgia, with a population of around 54,518. Families enjoy living in Valdosta because the city is near Wild Adventures Theme Park and Splash Island Water Park, which is inside Wild Adventures. Plus, sports enthusiasts enjoy the rich high school football traditions in Valdosta. Valdosta High School has one of the most successful high school football programs in the United States with six national championships, and Lowndes High School has five state titles.

Residents in Valdosta enjoy a cost of living that's 7.3 percent lower than the rest of the state and 14.1 percent lower than the rest of the country. Here, residents enjoy housing, utilities, health care, goods, services, and transportation costs that are below both the state and national averages. For example, in Valdosta, the average cost for a pizza is $9.10, which is 0.2 percent lower than the average price in country. Additionally, the average price of a cup of coffee in Valdosta is $3.62, which is 16.6 percent lower than the national average.

Valdosta Job Opportunities

While Moody Air Force Base is the largest employer for Valdosta jobs, the area is mainly known for its manufacturing jobs. Goods typically produced in this region include turpentine, pulpwood, pine lumber, tobacco, and naval stores. In fact, since Valdosta supplies nearly 80 percent of the world's demand for naval stores, it's called the Naval Stores Capital of the World. However, the city is also home to other kinds of businesses that provide Valdosta jobs, like Fresh Beginnings, which bakes and ships brownies, cookies and chocolate candies.

Other top employers for Valdosta, GA jobs include South Georgia Medical Center, Packaging Corporation of America, Lowndes County School System, Valdosta State University, Lowe's Distribution Center, Dillard's Distribution Center and SAFT America, Inc.

Alternatively, candidates can look for nearby Thomasville, GA jobs if they can't find jobs in Valdosta. Thomasville's largest employers include John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital, Flowers Foods and Caterpillar.

Valdosta Employment Trends

As of July 2014, Valdosta had an unemployment rate of 9 percent. While this rate is higher than the state of Georgia at 7.8 percent and the national unemployment rate of 6.3 percent, the area is gaining jobs and has seen the unemployment rate drop since July 2013. Plus, as new facilities for Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Haverfield Aviation open, there will be more open jobs in Valdosta, GA.

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