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.
Some regions will do better in 2011 than others. Manufacturing is strong while construction continues to struggle. Experts say now's the time for businesses to take calculated risks to benefit from the down economy.