Georgia’s economy is adding jobs at a strong pace compared to other states, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only California and Florida added more jobs than Georgia in March and the state’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest point since January 2009. But despite its promising momentum, Georgia’s economy is still a long way from recovering from the Great Recession. The state still has far fewer jobs than it did before the economic collapse and the recovery is not moving fast enough to fill Georgia’s jobs deficit anytime soon. Part of the challenge is that two of Georgia’s important economic sectors – construction and state and local government – continue to lose jobs even as the broader economy recovers. Download the fact sheet.
A new poll commissioned by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) from the University