Albany -- Georgia is ahead of the national average in job growth. New data shows almost 200,000 jobs have been created in the state since 2003.
The new Goodwill Job Center in Albany is helping add to that number. The center links employers and job-hunters.
Since it opened in February, about 1,000 South Georgians have registered for employment assistance. Forty of them now have new jobs.
"We serve as a link of resources of employers who are seeking employees, we have a job board. I've compiled a notebook of local entities that are also accepting applications," said Career Center Coordinator Drenda Davis-Jackson.
The center helps place people into entry-level and professional positions. You can also get resume help and other tips.
Albany took a hit when Bobs Candies closed last year, but expansions at other businesses made up for most of those job losses.
The Economic Development Commission says these are the companies that created the most jobs over the last year or so. Masterfoods added 40 jobs last year. Cooper Tire hired 50 new workers. Thrush Aircraft expanded with 30 jobs. And this year Hamilton Relay moved to town creating more than 100 jobs.