DULUTH -- Gwinnett's job picture is looking up, with the metro county ranking 33rd in job growth among the largest 322 counties in the United States.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' county employment and wages data, Gwinnett netted a 2.3 percent increase in employment between June 2010 and June 2011. That is about 7,000 net new jobs, bringing the county's total to 300,799.
The number was the highest among major Georgia counties.
"Gwinnett is creating jobs, even in the wake of a nationwide employment crisis," Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said in a press release. "Partnership Gwinnett's economic development efforts play an essential role in making that job creation a reality. We look ahead as a community to continued success in the future."
Last week, figures from the state Department of Labor showed that week had the lowest unemployment rate in the five core metro counties for the 30th consecutive month, Chamber of Commerce leaders pointed out.
They say the numbers are evidence that the Partnership Gwinnett program has been working for Georgia's second-largest county.
"Gwinnett's overwhelming successes have not happened by coincidence. They have been a direct result of the partnership of dedicated individuals from the public and private sectors, working in sync to generate results through the community implementation an effective economic development strategy," said Raymer Sale, a businessman who is chairing a new launch of the five-year-old Partnership Gwinnett initiative. "This great news on the employment front will propel us to further success, with the second phase of our plan aimed at creating even more jobs and wealth in our county."
The effort, which is credited with bringing major employers like NCR and helping local companies such as Primerica, is a collaboration of more than 160 public and private partners to ensure an educated workforce and high quality of life.
"These encouraging numbers are indicative of the success achieved through the Gwinnett Chamber's community-led initiative, Partnership Gwinnett," said Gwinnett Chamber President and CEO Jim Maran. "With the continued collaboration of leaders from Gwinnett's public and private sectors and the recent launch of the second phase of Partnership Gwinnett, our community is well positioned to capitalize on our past success and continue to lead the lead the nation in job creation efforts."