About 350,000 Georgia workers owe their jobs in some way to the Georgia ports. A report released by the University of Georgia says, 1-in-12 Georgia jobs is port-dependent. Critics say, the figures are inflated, counting every Wal-Mart greeter and store clerk as port-dependent since they work at a company that uses the ports.
Georgia had the steepest drop in median household income in the nation. From 2008 to 2009 the state's households lost over 13 percent of their income. A new U.S. Census Bureau Report has Georgia’s Median Income per household at $44,700 dollars last year.That's a drop of $6,700 hundred dollars during the recession.