I’ve repeatedly written about Georgia’s weak employment data.
A recent study, highlighted in this piece in the WSJ, notes the extreme differences from state to state when it comes to regaining all the jobs lost during the recession and its aftermath.
A handful of states (in green) have already returned to the pre-recession peak of employment, with many more likely to reach that level between 2013 and 2015. Georgia is in the small group of states that will likely have to wait until 2016 or later, according to IHS Global Insight.
Georgia, by the way, has still been losing jobs year-over-year while the country as a whole has been gaining jobs — i.e., we have fewer jobs now than at this same time in 2010.
I can’t think of a single thing that’s been done in the first year of Nathan Deal’s administration that will make a dent in Georgia’s grim jobs picture. (Sunday package sales, which were widely approved by voters last week, will likely result in a limited number of additional retail jobs.)