David Connell, the president and CEO of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce attributes Cobb’s success to the type of community the county has striven to create with low taxes and strong public safety and school systems. That has attracted more jobs and people to the county, he said.
“A lot of businesses you find going under in other communities have in fact stayed financially viable during the last couple years (here in Cobb),” Connell said.
With a labor force of 380,261 in the county, 27,393 Cobb residents are unemployed, or about 7.2 percent, according to July data from the state Department of Labor.
That rate is lower than the state’s, which came in at 7.8 percent. That ranking recently put Georgia at the second highest in the nation, with only Mississippi topping the Peach State with 8.0 percent. The United States’ unemployment rate is 6.2 percent.
State labor officials say the increase in Georgia’s unemployment numbers is mostly due to seasonal factors, such as temporary layoffs in educational services and manufacturing. They say most of the laid-off workers have returned to their jobs.
Although higher than the U.S.’s average, Cobb’s jobless rate remains lower than metro Atlanta’s, which is 8.0 percent. Of the 28 counties that comprise the region in the state’s data, only five counties had a lower rate than Cobb: Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Gwinnett and Pickens.
Connell said the chamber’s Competitive Edge program has worked hard to bring jobs to Cobb. He said it has added 11,900 high-level, professional jobs within the last few years.
“There’s just a lot of positive momentum in our community right now that allows people to feel confident in spending,” which drives any economy, Connell said.