Employment expanded in the West Georgia Region

West Georgia Region -- According to the latest West Georgia Regional Update, produced by the University of West Georgia Richards College of Business, employment expanded by almost 2% during 2016.

Construction, health care, and accommodation/food services were the sectors that experienced the most growth at more than 5%.
Haralson county’s job base expanded by 1.8% last year, due mainly to new manufacturing and food service/accommodation jobs. But Carroll County experienced job losses during the same time frame. Virtually all of the 0.7% loss was attributed to softness in the retail sector. Other sectors in the county including construction, manufacturing, health care, accommodation/food services and government added jobs.
A number of current and future developments will impact the economic outlook and quality of life in Carroll County. Private sector developments include a new Chic-Fil-A, a new brewery operation (Printer's Ale) and the opening of the Southwire's new Thorn Customer Solutions Center.
In addition, Small Town Bank opened a branch on Bankhead Highway while construction continues on the new Southern States Bank branch on Maple Street.