Study reveals Georgia ports support over 350,000 jobs
The Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business recently released a study titled, “The Economic Impact of Georgia’s Deepwater Ports.” In the study, it is shown that in the 2011 fiscal year, the state’s ports supported a total of 352,146 jobs, which is significantly higher than the roughly 295,000 jobs supported in 2008.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, said, “The research shows strong employment opportunities – linked directly or indirectly to the ports – exist in each of Georgia’s 159 counties,” said Deal. “The findings are a testament to the ports’ sustaining power to create jobs. Our transportation and logistics industry drives statewide and regional commerce while our deepwater ports generate revenue, create jobs and offer opportunities for growth in every corner of the state through our global transportation network.”
According to the study, the total impact of Georgia’s deepwater ports on the local economy was $66.9 billion.