State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped to 8.2 percent in April. That's down from 8.4 percent in March, and 9.1 percent a year ago. Georgia employers created more than 31,000 jobs in April.
An Armstrong Atlantic State University economics professor says he thinks next year will be the first since the 2007 recession in which construction employment inches up in the Savannah area. Michael Toma says local companies poised for growth include business and professional services like marketing and web design.
A national trade association says Georgia lost roughly 4,800 construction jobs in the past year. The Associated General Contractors of America released state-by-state figures Tuesday that showed Georgia with 140,900 construction workers in September, down 3 percent from the same month last year.
Private construction remains relatively weak compared with publicly-financed projects right now. And Savannah's Chatham County wants businesses to know just how to ask for the work. County officials this week held a workshop for builders as they expect about $40 million worth of new public facilies to go up soon.
State labor officials say nearly all of Georgia’s 25 metro areas added jobs in February. Metro Atlanta led the way with more than 16,000 new hires. Augusta, Columbus and Savannah each gained 800 jobs. So did hard-hit Dalton in northwest Georgia.