DULUTH -- Gwinnett officials say the county is experiencing success in economic recovery, with new wages and job growth numbers as positives for the suburban community.
Members of Partnership Gwinnett -- a Chamber of Commerce-led group of public and private investors who have worked to draw companies to the community -- touted a recent release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that shows wages here rose by 8 percent year-over-year through September 2011. That percentage increase ranks 24th out of the nation's 323 largest counties.
Gwinnett was also the top large Georgia county in job growth -- a 2.4 percent increase year-over-year.
"Working together over the past five years, the public and private sectors have implemented the Partnership Gwinnett community and economic development strategy. This good news about job and wage growth speaks to the success of our continued efforts to strengthen our local economy and bring jobs to the Gwinnett community." Gwinnett County Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said in a press release.
For 35 consecutive months -- from April 2009 through February 2012 -- Gwinnett has had the lowest unemployment rate among the five core metro Atlanta counties of Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton, the release said. In fact, in November and December, the county's unemployment rate dipped below 8 percent, a number it had not been since January of 2009. According to preliminary reports, Gwinnett unemployment rate for February is expected to be 8 percent.
"These trends not only reflect our successful efforts, but moreover, they demonstrate the dedication of public and private partners who have committed their financial resources, time and energy to community economic development," said Nick Masino, the Chamber vice president who leads the Partnership Gwinnett effort. "The continued recovery and growth of the local economy will positively impact not only our community, but our region as a whole as we move forward in strategic implementation."