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.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is preparing office space as it plans to add hundreds of jobs in the Columbus area. The Atlanta-based insurance firm has announced in recent weeks that it's adding 600 jobs in Columbus.
Georgia is trying to give young criminal offenders an advantage as they seek to enter the workforce. Those convicted of juvenile offenses frequently face hurdles when looking for a job. That can be discouraging and can lead them to become repeat offenders.
State officials have announced that a carpet manufacturing company is planning to add 500 new jobs in northwest Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that Shaw Industries Group. Inc. is expecting to invest $85 million to build a carpet tile facility in Adairsville — which is about 20 miles northeast of Rome.
Savannah Technical College is serving one of the coastal area's largest employers with a new aviation training center. State and local officials were on hand this week to open a nearly $7 million classroom, hangar and lab facility. It will train graduates to work at jet manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace.
Georgia economic development officials say an engineering firm is moving its headquarters from suburban Detroit to northeast Georgia, creating 80 new full-time positions at the new site. The Georgia Department of Economic Development describes Field Service Engineering as a leader in global field mitigation and full service quality assurance.
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.