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

364

Total Employed

2,900

Workers 16+

2,528

2021 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

23

Employed

780

2021 Wholesale Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

17

Employed

455

2021 Educational Services - Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

13

Employed

363

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

51

Employed

201

2021 Other Service excl Pub Admin

cp-industries

Businesses

59

Employed

144

2021 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

28

Employed

143

Some
High School

193

Graduated
High School

1,199

Associates
Degree

591

Bachelor's
Degree

548

Graduate
Degree

212

Average Commute Time

13 min.



Resident Commuters

2,206

Non-Resident Commuters

265

Drive Alone

2,082

Carpooled

138

Public

2

Work At Home

158

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