Kennesaw State University’s monthly index on Georgia manufacturing activity fell slightly in March after two blockbuster months of growth. Intuit Payroll’s latest index shows another month of slight increases in the state’s small business employment. And unemployment keeps inching down. Economists say it all indicates a recovery. Just a slow one.
Nationally, economists are predicting a rosier year for business and hiring. But there are signs that Georgia’s might not be as bright. Manufacturing order volume is one measure of an economy’s health. And in Georgia, new orders fell in the second half of 2011 after a strong start.