The August jobs numbers are in and they’re worth celebrating.
In the past year, Georgia has added 104,000 new jobs and is growing at a 2.4 percent rate – well above the national average of 1.7 percent.
Our statewide unemployment rate is now 4.9% with a record 4.7 million employed Georgians – 13,000 of whom have been hired in the last month – leading to the lowest unemployment in nearly a decade.
These numbers are a reflection of the pro-business initiatives being pursued by our state’s leaders, creating a broader job market and putting more Georgians to work than ever before.
Our focus on a pro-jobs agenda of lower taxes and less regulation is helping our economy boom and building a better Georgia for our citizens.On-The-Job Training for Georgia’s Students 7:17 pm
As Lieutenant Governor, I’ve been blessed to help enact a number of new policies aimed at improving our great state.
But the work we’ve done establishing and growing Georgia’s College and Career Academies remains the project I’m the most proud of.
Thanks to these Academies, thousands of Georgia’s students have learned the skills necessary to compete in a changing global economy – many of whom would have dropped out of school without these opportunities.
Now, I’m excited to announce we’re building on our success by establishing the Georgia Consortium of Advanced Technical Training (GA CATT) Program.
The GA CATT is based on the German apprenticeship model, where students receive actual on-the-job training through a paid apprenticeship while they’re still in high school.
Our program – which is initially launching through Coweta County’s College and Career Academy – allows students to receive a combination of traditional classes, college-level courses (at West Georgia Technical College), and a paid apprenticeship beginning in the 10th grade.
While we’re starting small – only 10 students will take part in the inaugural program – I’m looking forward to expanding GA CATT across the state, offering diverse options for all of Georgia’s students as we continue to build a better Georgia through workforce development.
As one Georgia business owner put it, this program is a potential “game-changer” for both our education system and state economy.