Kemp: 10,000+ new jobs in first quarter

Kemp: 10,000+ new jobs in first quarter
Industries that created the most jobs during the first quarter of the new fiscal year include food processing, manufacturing, and logistics and distribution. (Source: MGN)

ATLANTA, Ga. (WALB) - Governor Brian P. Kemp, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), announced Thursday that more than 10,000 jobs were created across all regions of the state by economic development projects in Georgia during the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, generating more than $3.71 billion in new investments.

This represents a 50% increase in new jobs created and an 85% increase in new investments compared to the same quarter in the previous fiscal year.

“We’re incredibly proud to have announced this unprecedented number of jobs for hardworking Georgians over the past three months,” said Governor Kemp. “As the Top State for Business for seven consecutive years, we continue to shatter our previous numbers, and most importantly, create opportunities in every region of the Peach State.”

Industries that created the most jobs during the first quarter of the new fiscal year include food processing, manufacturing, and logistics and distribution. To view announcements from Q1, visit www.georgia.org/newsroom.

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LOCALLY, there are some jobs available-

The Lee Co. School System is having a job fair on October 27th from 5:30 to 7:30, at the 9th Grade Campus Gym, with parking in the rear. There are openings for bus drivers, food service workers, custodians, and maintenance personnel.

· Please bring a current resume with references.

· Protective masks will be required.

· Social distancing procedure will be in place.

· You may preview some openings at lee.k12.ga.us (select Departments and scroll down to Personnel) Call 229-903-2212 for more information.

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“As we announce the creation of more than 10,000 new jobs, I want to thank my Global Commerce team for their work in helping businesses grow in Georgia. Our state has not only continued to attract companies from the U.S., but also globally - which underlines the importance of our 12 international offices,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “The support of Governor Kemp, the Georgia General Assembly, and our economic development partners enables us to continue this success story and strengthen relationships with the business community in Georgia.”

In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a help wanted sign hangs on the door of a Target store
In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a help wanted sign hangs on the door of a Target store (Source: AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Even while facing a global pandemic, jobs and investment numbers in Georgia have increased when compared to the same time period last year. Between March 1 and September 30, 2020, the Global Commerce division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development assisted in locating 176 new economic development projects, creating 19,345 jobs and $6.48 billion in investment.

This announcement comes on the heels of Area Development magazine naming Georgia the “Top State for Doing Business” for a record-breaking seventh year in a row. This achievement is determined by the rankings that states receive from site selectors who help corporations choose the right location for long-term success. These weighted scores include categories such as overall cost of doing business, cooperative and responsive state government, workforce development programs, speed of permitting, logistics and infrastructure, available real estate, and other factors. Georgia ranked No. 1 in 10 of the 13 categories and placed in the top five in the other three categories.

About GDEcD

GDEcD is the state’s sales and marketing arm and the lead agency for attracting new business investment. The Department encourages the expansion of existing industry and small businesses by locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts, film, music, and digital entertainment projects. GDEcD is also primarily responsible for planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. Learn more at Georgia.org.

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