Georgia's job market is improving, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler told attendants of a speech on the state's labor market trends that happened on Wednesday, February 8. Further improvement in the job market could serve as a boon to local staffing firms.
In December, the southern state generated a net gain in manufacturing jobs for the first time since 2005, and a net increase in construction positions for the first time since 2003, according to The Augusta Chronicle.
Butler expressed his enthusiasm for recent job gains, stating that "I haven’t felt this good about the Georgia economy in a whole year," the media outlet reports.
He added that "the unemployment rate is much less than it was a year ago. We’ve seen a couple of areas start hiring."
The state's Labor Department has engaged in various initiatives in order to improve the job search efforts of Georgians. The government agency has been investing into its IT infrastructure to provide people conducting job searches with more information, according to the media outlet.
The department is working on a new setup that will allow local employers to post positions that can be searched by applicants. The department has also been working on creating superior software applications for users, the media outlet reports.
"I want to start requiring all people on unemployment to have to post your resume online on our system. I want to give the businesses of Georgia the ability to search those resumes," Butler told the media outlet.
The automotive industry is one that is expected to help carry Georgia's recovery moving forward, as Governor Nathan Deal recently announced that one auto supplier plans to add jobs. The government official stated on February 8 that the company plans to undergo a plant expansion in Hart County, Georgia, according to television station WYFF4.
The facility currently manufactures struts and shock absorbers for vehicles, The Associated Press reports. The location has more than 750 full-time and part-time workers, and the expansion will result in the company staffing another 350 jobs.
"[The automotive supplier] is an important player in the automotive industry, and we are pleased they have expanded their presence in Georgia," Deal stated, according to WYFF4. "Georgia’s comprehensive logistics system and skilled workforce are two of our many key selling assets because they give companies like [the supplier] easy, efficient access to their markets as well as a world-class workforce."