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Governor touts job creation despite high unemployment

By Ben Roberts - bio | email

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) – Governor Sonny Perdue says an increase in corporate investment could be a sign that Georgia's economy is turning a corner.

Thursday, he cited the reopening of the Pilgrim's Pride plant in Coffee County that will create 1400 jobs as one major success in the last year. 

Perdue said marketing by the Georgia Department of Economic Development led companies to invest $3.75 billion dollars in Georgia in the last fiscal year. That's an increase of 46.7% over the previous year. Those investments created nearly 19,462 jobs, a 14.7% increase.

 The Governor did not point out that, overall, Georgia lost more than 83,000 jobs in the last year and unemployment jumped to 10.5% in February.

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