Georgia today fails to fully leverage the state’s most powerful economic asset—its own people. The most successful, prosperous states are those that build a broad and inclusive middle class, with ample opportunities for people to work their way into it. When families hold good-paying jobs and have money to spend at local shops and restaurants, businesses and the broader economy reap the benefits. When young people attend quality schools that instill a love of learning, they become the next generation of entrepreneurs and inventors. When workers are healthy, literate and well-trained, they fill critical workforce gaps and help their companies grow. When social and economic barriers for women, people of color and immigrants are dismantled, everyone can enjoy the promise of an equitable and prosperous future.
Key Takeaways: Nearly 60 percent of Georgia’s pre-pandemic labor force have turned to the unemployment