Unemployment rates decline in Columbus despite recent closings

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - New reports from the Georgia Department of Labor show an uptick in job growth and a decrease in the unemployment rate in Columbus.

The first months of 2018 are showing declining numbers of unemployment setting records in March by making a five percent drop.

One of the largest Academy Sports and Outdoors' is opening in just a few weeks and bringing more than 100 new jobs to the area. The Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange will generate hundreds more along with other smaller retailers heading to the area.

Despite the recent announcements of NCR and Vogue International closing, there is still good news for more growth after jobs increased by 700 in March.

"We have a pretty solid pipeline of companies were talking with that are interested in a new location and hopefully Columbus stays in the mix long enough for us to get to the negotiating. Then we will be able to land a few of those,"-said Brian Sillitto,  executive vice president of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

The Georgia Labor Commissioner, Mark Butler, says so many of our local communities are trending in the right direction in terms of job creation and hiring, and we are seeing records in many places.

After all, folks in the Fountain City aren't completely out of luck losing recent companies and there is more economic impact coming here soon.

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