Georgia’s Job Market Looks Strong For New College Grads

Recent graduates line up before the ceremony at South High School, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, in Cleveland. The Cleveland district overall moved up one notch from last year’s “academic watch” state category to “continuous improvement.” The district’s graduation rate has climbed to 55 percent. Statewide, Ohio has an 86 percent graduation rate. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Students graduating from college this month may have a good chance of finding employment within Georgia.

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“The unemployment rate is basically back to where it was before the Great Recession. And we’re not staring into another recession for another year or two,” said Dr. Jeff Humphreys, an economics professor at the University of Georgia.

Something else giving the state a leg up: officials are aggressively fighting to boost Georgia’s overall economy.

“We’ve had some good corporate relocations, we’ve had some announcements regarding the expansion of existing companies in Georgia, and all those translate into employment opportunities,” said Roger Tutterow, the director of  Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center. 

Georgia’s unemployment rate is 5.1 percent, according to the state Department of Labor. In metro Atlanta, it’s 4.6 percent.

“We have 103,000 more jobs today than we had at this same time last year,” Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said.

The lowest area unemployment rate in Georgia is in metro Gainesville, the highest is in the River Valley.