County Snapshots Home

:: Meriwether County ::

Economy





Top Employers - 2004
Georgia Pacific Co
Goody Products Inc
RITA Medical Products Inc
Warm Springs Institute
Warm Springs Medical Center
(In alphabetical order.)
  • In the year 2004, the average weekly wage for employment sectors in the county was $516, compared to the statewide average of $728.
  • In 2004, the total number of employees located in Meriwether County was 5,246. Of the total employees, 28.2% were employed in the goods producing sector, followed by 35.8% in the service producing sector and 35.9% employed in government. Statewide, the service producing industry is the largest employment sector, contributing 65.4% of the state’s jobs.
  • Between 2000 and 2004, Meriwether County's annual unemployment rate averaged 6.7%, compared with the state's average of 4.4%. Nationally, the unemployment rate for the same period averaged 5.5%.
  • The county per capita personal income in 2004 was $20,880, compared to $29,782 for Georgia and $33,050 for the United States.
  • Meriwether County's median household income in 1999 was $31,870, compared to the state's median household income of $42,433. Nationally, the median household income in 1999 was $41,994.
  • During 1999, 17.8% of the county's population lived below the poverty level, compared with Georgia's rate of 13.0% and the national rate of 12.4%. In addition, 25.9% of the children under the age of 18 lived below the poverty level in Meriwether County. Nationally, 16.6% of the population under the age of 18 years lived below the level of poverty.
  • Residents of Meriwether County received total government transfer payments amounting to $5,069 per capita in 2003, compared to $3,762 per capita statewide. Transfer payments include retirement and disability insurance benefit payments, medical benefits, unemployment insurance benefits, and veteran's benefits payments.
  • According to the Georgia Department of Revenue's Net Property and Utility Digest, Meriwether County's assessed property value amounted to $451.7 million in 2004, resulting in a per capita assessed property value of $19,885. At the state level, per capita assessed property value in 2004 equaled $31,373.

Return to top of page