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State of Georgia

  • With Atlanta as its economic engine, Georgia has become an economic leader in the South. Seventeen Fortune 500 firms are headquartered in Georgia, including: Home Depot, Mirant, United Parcel Service (UPS), BellSouth, Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Delta Air Lines, Southern, American Family Life Company (AFLAC), SunTrust Banks, Genuine Parts, Cox Communications, Mohawk Industries, USA, Newell Rubbermaid, Beazer Homes USA, and ACGO.
  • There are a number of nonprofit organizations with headquarters in Georgia including The American Cancer Society, CARE, Habitat for Humanity International, and The Arthritis Foundation.
  • According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, 52 governments throughout the world have consular offices and/or trade representation. Current exports from Georgia total over $14.6 billion.
  • In 2000, service sector employment accounted for about 25.6% of the state's jobs, followed by retail with about 18.4% and government with about 15.2%. Nationally, the service sector provided about 29.5% of all jobs, the retail sector provided about 18.3% of jobs, and manufacturing provided 14.4%.
  • Agriculture also plays a strong role in Georgia's economy. In 2000, the top five agriculture commodities included: broilers, cotton, chicken eggs, peanuts, and cattle and calves. The value of receipts for all Georgia commodities totaled $5 billion. Georgia ranks first among other states in the exporting of poultry production (eggs and broilers) and peanuts.
  • In 1999, Georgia had a total gross state product (GSP) of $275.7 billion. Florida was the only state in the southeastern region that outranked Georgia for the largest GSP. Of that total GSP, 64.4% are for private services-producing industries.
  • While the state's per capita income is below the national level, it has been increasing. In 1999, the state's per capita income was $27,324 compared with the US figure of $28,546 and $25,743 for the Southeastern region. The state's 1999 per capita income was 95.7% of the national figure and 106.1% of the Southeastern regional figure.
  • Between 1997 and 2001, the unemployment rate in Georgia averaged 4.1%, which was lower than the national five-year average of 4.5%.
  • Eleven urban public transit systems operate within the state: Albany (ATS), Athens (ATS), Atlanta (MARTA), Augusta (APT), Cobb County (CCT), Columbus (MERTA), Douglas County (Douglas County Rideshare), Gwinnett County (Gwinnett County Transit), Macon (MBTA), Rome (RTD), and Savannah (CAT).
  • Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport is one of the busiest passenger airports in the world, serving 76 million passengers annually. There are 261 airports statewide with 39% of these being open to the public. In addition, Georgia has deepwater port facilities in Savannah and Brunswick and inland barge facilities in Bainbridge and Columbus as well. During the 2001 fiscal year, the Georgia Port Authority reported revenues of approximately $23 billion and handled a total of 16.4 million tons of cargo.
  • There are twelve military bases in Georgia: Dobbins Air Force Base/Naval Air Station (Marietta), Fort Benning (Columbus), Fort Gillem (Atlanta), Fort Gordon (Augusta), Fort McPherson (Atlanta), Fort Stewart (Hinesville), Hunter Army Airfield (Savannah), Kings Bay Submarine Base (St. Mary's), Marine Corps Logistics Base (Albany), Moody Air Force Base (Valdosta), Navy Supply Corps School (Athens) and Robins Air Force Base (Warner Robins).
  • There are two major rail systems in Georgia, CSX and Norfolk Southern Corporation, that maintain a 5,000-mile network of track, the largest track in the Southeast.

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