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CNN Money ranks Columbia County number one for job growth

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EVANS, GA (WFXG) -

"We're beating or leading the path for the rest of Georgia, and the southeast," said Robbie Bennett, Executive Director of the Columbia County Development Authority.

He's excited about the latest piece of great news for Columbia County.

"We are the number one county right now for job growth, based on their report," explained Bennett.

According to the study by CNN Money, Columbia County experienced a 14.1% job growth rate over a two year period; this, in contrast to disappointing job numbers statewide released today by labor department officials, due to temporary layoffs.

"They lay off part of their workforce, and sometimes their entire workforce for a period of time, for them to re-tool," said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. "A lot of this is going to be very temporary in nature."

But in Columbia County, officials hope their bit of job news is a lot more permanent.

"Both the retail side, and the existing job side are doing very well," said Bennett. "And we hope they continue to do well, and we're going to do everything we can to foster that growth."

A recent example of major growth: Bass Pro Shops making its entrance into the Augusta market, choosing a site in Columbia County as the place to build. Bennett said the existing companies are also giving a helping hand.

"I think you're going to continue to see growth in general," said Bennett. "The retail is a very important part of the growth in Columbia County. But you cannot forget the existing industry and the opportunity they give us for creating jobs."

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