Georgia shows signs of slow economic recovery

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Experts say Georgia is slowly showing signs of economic recovery - from hotels hiring workers to construction workers building a new prison in a rural community hit particularly hard by the recession.

Unemployment in Georgia remains at 10.4 percent, higher than the U.S. average. But state tax collections are up for the eighth straight month. University of Georgia economist Jeffrey Humphreys says Georgia could catch up with the rest of the nation by the end of the year.

Construction is under way in Jenkins County on a prison that will employ 200 people. That's good news for a community that has lost three factories and 1,500 jobs since 2006.

In Savannah, the Planters Inn has hired workers in anticipation of a busy spring. Officials say tourism rebounded last year, when Savannah saw its highest ever hotel tax collections.

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