COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – 2017 was a banner year for job growth and employment and the Georgia Department of Labor said the Fountain City came out near the top of the list.
The department looked at metro areas that consisted of Harris, Marion, and Muscogee counties in Georgia, and Russell County in Alabama.
The numbers showed 500 new jobs created during 2017, plus 2,000 more area residents found employment. This put Columbus in the top 10 for job creation.
Most of the job growth came in sectors like education, health, leisure, and hospitality. There was a 1.2 percent drop in the unemployment rate this past year in the Valley.
Even though reports showed a total of 891 claims filed for unemployment just this past December, which is still less than the rate from December 2016.
"This is a very good year for Columbus area. All of the major indicators trended in the right direction. I'm expecting the same will continue in 2018," said Mark Butler, Georgia State Labor Commissioner.
You can find more information on the employment rate here.