Thayer County Workforce

Businesses in Thayer County benefit from a highly motivated workforce who understands the necessary skills needed for the industries represented in the region such as Agriculture, Manufacturing and Healthcare and Social Assistance. It’s common for county residents to have exposure to agricultural - either by growing up on a farm, working on one or having family who does. This farm work ethic can be translated to any industry and comes down to a willingness to work early and work hard. 

Employees in Thayer County are 3 to 4 generations deep and are willing to rise early and stay late to get the task at hand completed with excellence. In addition, Southeast Community College Learning Center offers adult training/workforce development programs that include customized programs made easy for employees to dive in. 

Workforce Recruitment

People enjoy living and working in Thayer County for the high quality of life and growth opportunities.  With Lincoln only an hour north east along highway 81, it is easy to attract younger talent graduating from local universities who are interested in industries Thayer County has to offer. Younger eager employees combined alongside with the experienced hard-at-work talent pool are a recipe for success. In addition, the cost of living is low and the school systems are ranked high. These assets are some of the reasons why residents choose to call Thayer County home. 

State and local workforce programs can also help with recruitment and training. 

Business and Workforce Data

The most common job groups held by individuals who live in Thayer County are Health Care and Social Assistance, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Retail Trade. These industries make up individuals in the workforce that are experienced in management, production, office and administration.

Booming Occupations in Thayer County

The top Industries include:

  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing 
  • Office and Administrative Support
  • Healthcare
  • Management Occupations
  • Production Occupations
  • Sales and Related Occupation
  • Educational, Instructional and Library
  • Transportation Occupation 
  • Farming, Fishing and Forestry

Workforce

Total Businesses

387

Total Employed

3,051

Workers 16+

2,549

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

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Businesses

25

Employed

774

2020 Manufacturing Businesses

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Businesses

11

Employed

493

2020 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

13

Employed

411

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

54

Employed

215

2020 Public Administration

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Businesses

29

Employed

155

2020 Other Service excl Pub Admin

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Businesses

62

Employed

150

Some
High School

182

Graduated
High School

1,205

Associates
Degree

572

Bachelor's
Degree

546

Graduate
Degree

249

Average Commute Time

13 min.



Resident Commuters

2,222

Non-Resident Commuters

261

Drive Alone

2,086

Carpooled

155

Public

2

Work At Home

147

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