Even though the state is still climbing out of the recession of 2008, it looks like it’s going to be a good year for the economy. That was the message given to a room full of business leaders at the Middle Georgia Economic Outlook event in Warner Robins on Thursday. Mercer University economist Roger Tutterow predicted Georgia’s economic growth will outpace the nation's in 2014. Tutterow says while Macon and Warner Robbins have not experienced a lot of payroll growth, the economy of Middle Georgia remains fundamentally healthy.
The news of apparent recovery has come frequently from northwest Georgia’s flooring industry in recent months. The region’s economy remains heavily reliant on flooring. State economic development officials say they focus more on diversifying Georgia’s overall economy rather than looking locally or regionally.
Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 8.7 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor early Thursday morning announced the new figure, which is the seasonally adjusted jobless rate for August. It is down from 8.8 percent in July.
The use of temporary workers is on the rise in Georgia, following a national trend that's typically considered as an indication of economic improvement. Georgia has seen a 40 percent increase in the number of temporary workers over the past four years.
The Federal Reserve chairman is warning federal sequestration will damage the nation’s fragile economy. Emory University economist Tom Smith helps us sort through the impact on Georgia’s sluggish recovery.
Officials expect filming of the second movie in "The Hunger Games" trilogy will provide an economic boost to Clayton County, just south of Atlanta. Filming of "Catching Fire" is taking place over the next few months at a man-made water park known as "The Beach" at International Park in the Jonesboro area.
Business leaders, academics, non-profits, community groups and others are meeting in northeast Georgia this week for the Third Annual GeorgiaForward forum. The goal of the two-day event, which starts Wednesday, is to collaborate on improving the state's future.
A new analysis by credit counseling group CredAbility found Georgians are still struggling with high unemployment and low home values, and only people in Nevada feel more stretched financially than we do.