Georgia, one of the southernmost states
in the Untied States, holds a population of nearly 10 million, making
it the ninth-largest state in the union. The unemployment rate, as of
September 2011, was 10.3% -- slightly above the national average of 9.1%.
Georgia's unemployment rate has doubled since December of 2007, peaking at
10.5% in January of 2011. Since then it has begun to decrease. Still, a sign of
concern for perspective job seekers is that since August of 2008, the
statewide unemployment rate has consistently remained above the national
A number of corporations have their national, as well as international,
headquarters located in the state. Among them, 15 Fortune 500 companies and 26
Fortune 1000 corporations including package delivery service UPS, Coca Cola, home
improvement chain Home Depot, Delta Airlines, SunTrust Banks, and supplemental
insurance provider Aflac.
Economic drivers in the state include food production (peaches,
pecans, peanuts, corn, soybeans, cattle, hogs and poultry), textiles,
cigarettes, paper products, chemical manufacturing, auto production and
tourism. Georgia has a very large military presence with several bases
located throughout the state.
Located along key transportation routes, Atlanta, the most populous
city in Georgia, is a leading center of tourism, transportation,
communications, government, and industry.
Additional information can be found
regarding Georgia's economy and key employers by visiting Wikipedia: Georgia Economy.