The good news Thursday, showing state unemployment falling to a 4-year low, also gives insight as to where Georgia’s economy is growing.
According to state labor department numbers, 31,200 new jobs were created statewide in April. The leisure and hospitality sector led the way with 10,700 new jobs. Professional and business services created 9,400 jobs followed by trade and transportation with 7,500; education and health services, 2,600; and construction, 1,800.
Tourism, which accounts for a large portion of the leisure and hospitality sector, has become a significant portion of the state economy.The Tourism industry in Georgia is the 5th largest employer in the state with a total economic impact of $51.2 billion, supporting more than 400,000 jobs, or 10.2% of all payroll employment in Georgia.