Marathon has a skilled work force and is considered a high wage earning community. Marathon residents are employed in a range of traditional and new employment opportunities.
For the most part, Marathon’s employment opportunities are fuelled by the Hemlo Gold Mines and associated industry supply services. Marathon’s economy is also supported strongly by consumer businesses that serve the needs of local and regional populations such as Canadian Tire, Extra Foods and Marathon Centre Mall.
Like other similar sized communities, the public sector provides important jobs for people in Marathon. Government administration through municipal and provincial offices, the education sector through the Superior Greenstone District School Board, and the health and social care services are prominent employers.