Manufacturing output in Georgia is declining. An index that measures manufacturing activity dropped for the fifth month in a row in August. It's well below the national average and below the threshold that indicates a growing economy.
But the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair says that doesn't necessarily mean our economy is shrinking, because small businesses are the backbone of the economy.
"We have to look at small business because you know the Albany area chamber is made up of over eighty percent our membership is small business and that's what makes the economy move in the Albany area," said Cynthia George, Chairwoman, Albany Chamber of Commerce.
According to that new manufacturing report, Georgia plants are getting more new orders for business, but their production employment, and deliveries are all down.