Job Watch: Chattahoochee Valley job outlook for 2014 - WRBL

Text Description

Job Watch: Chattahoochee Valley job outlook for 2014

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Economists from the University of Georgia predict 1400 new jobs could be added to the Columbus area this year.

“1400 would definitely be a good year for us,” says Bill Murphy, the Executive Vice President of Economic Development with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. “While it's down from last year, I think we have some projects that show significant promise.”

Murphy says there were 3300 new jobs announced last year, but many of those jobs have yet to come to fruition. The Georgia Department of Labor reports only 660 of those jobs were created, so 1,400 would be an improvement.

However, a new report from the congressional budget office shows proposed federal minimum wage hike could stunt job growth nationwide. The report found that if the minimum wage is increased to $10.10, 900,000 Americans could be lifted out of poverty, but the report added that 500,000 jobs could be cut. President Obama supports raising the federal wage from $7.25 to $10.10, while Republicans say it will kill jobs.

Murphy says they're focusing on creating opportunities where people can make above minimum wage. He says it all starts with education and raising skill sets to meet the jobs of the future. As for the future of jobs in the Chattahoochee Valley, he says there are some big announcements on the way.

“Stay tuned,” says Murphy. “There will be opportunities and we'll work to do what we can so residents of Muscogee County and certainly our region are among the first to know about those jobs.”

Murphy says he expects the manufacturing sector to make up a lot of those new jobs in our area.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, focuses on how your tax dollars are being spent.
More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Motorcycle club altercation leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

    Motorcycle club altercation leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:11 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:11:25 GMT
    Two victims were shot in the chest and died. Two other people had non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to survive, said police.
    Two victims were shot in the chest and died. Two other people had non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to survive, said police.
  • New Details: Columbus man dies after being run over by own car

    New Details: Columbus man dies after being run over by own car

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:46:27 GMT
    Flowers were left at the scene where 29-year-old Anthony Williams died early Sunday morning after police say he was run over by his car.The crash happened at Chase Homes on 1st Avenue. Many residents say they could hear the crash from inside their home.“You heard the loud boom and there was a crash, when I came over here he was just laying on the ground,” said Selena Ross.Police say initially they responded to a call late Saturday night about a pedestrian being run over by a car. After talkin...
    Flowers were left at the scene where 29-year-old Anthony Williams died early Sunday morning after police say he was run over by his car.The crash happened at Chase Homes on 1st Avenue. Many residents say they could hear the crash from inside their home.“You heard the loud boom and there was a crash, when I came over here he was just laying on the ground,” said Selena Ross.Police say initially they responded to a call late Saturday night about a pedestrian being run over by a car. After talkin...
  • Zip line course runs into setbacks, set to open next Friday

    Zip line course runs into setbacks, set to open next Friday

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:14:59 GMT
    While more than 200 people rafted down the Chattahoochee River on Labor Day - no one has been able to zip line across the river.That's because the zip line course, dubbed “The Blue Heron,” is still closed. Employees at Whitewater Express in Columbus say they had hoped for it to open Monday, but that didn't happen. They say it will open Friday, September 12th- almost 2 weeks later.“We just had, some insurance things we just had to adjust- building codes, everything like that,” says Charlie Cum...
    While more than 200 people rafted down the Chattahoochee River on Labor Day - no one has been able to zip line across the river.That's because the zip line course, dubbed “The Blue Heron,” is still closed. Employees at Whitewater Express in Columbus say they had hoped for it to open Monday, but that didn't happen. They say it will open Friday, September 12th- almost 2 weeks later.“We just had, some insurance things we just had to adjust- building codes, everything like that,” says Charlie Cum...
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.