UGA study: Georgia Ports support more than 439,000 jobs

 
One in 11 Peach State jobs – across all regions – related to Savannah, Brunswick ports
Brunswick, Ga. – March 26, 2018 – Georgia’s ports support 439,220 full- and part-time jobs across the state, according to a study released by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at UGA’s Terry College of Business.
 
The Georgia Ports Authority board reviewed the study’s findings at its meeting Monday. The latest figure is based on Fiscal Year 2017 impacts, and represents an increase of 70,000 jobs (up 19 percent) compared to the previous report covering FY2014. Georgia ports now account for 9 percent of total state employment, or one out of 11 jobs. Personal income derived from port-supported jobs totaled $25 billion statewide in FY2017.
 
“The deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick are strong drivers of economic and employment opportunity across the state,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Bringing jobs and investment to Georgia is a central part of GPA’s mission.”
 
According to the report, authored by Dr. Jeffrey Humphreys, port activity accounted for 11 percent of Georgia’s total sales in FY2017, reaching $106 billion.  “Deepwater ports are one of Georgia’s strongest economic engines, fostering the development of virtually every industry,” Humphreys stated in the report. “The ports are especially supportive of other forms of transportation, manufacturing, wholesale and distribution centers, and agriculture.”
 
The Terry College of Business study found that maritime trade amounts to $44 billion in state gross domestic product, or 8 percent of Georgia’s total GDP. Business conducted through the ports resulted in $5.9 billion in federal taxes, $1.4 billion in state taxes and $1.5 billion in local taxes, according to the report.
 
“The findings are a testament to the powerful, positive impacts that trade through Georgia’s ports have – supporting not only business opportunity, but important infrastructure and services funded through tax proceeds on every level of government,” said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood.
 
In other business, the GPA Board heard a report on February trade through GPA terminals. In Brunswick, total auto and machinery units were up by 13.2 percent in February (5,648 units) for a total of 48,501.
 
“We are pleased to see our Brunswick facility performing so well,” Lynch said.
 
In terms of total tonnage crossing all docks and twenty-foot equivalent container units, last month was the busiest February on record. The GPA handled 2.9 million tons of cargo (up 1.5 percent) and 341,093 TEUs (up 3.2 percent) over the 28-day period.
 
For the fiscal year to date (July 2017-February 2018), the GPA has handled 23.1 million tons of cargo, up 1.56 million tons, or 7.3 percent. In containerized trade, the Port of Savannah has moved 2.73 million TEUs, up 212,348 or 8.4 percent.
 
Find print-quality images of Georgians in port-supported jobs here. Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 439,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $25 billion in income, $106 billion in revenue and $2.9 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 8.5 percent of U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2017.
 
Port-related jobs by region:

 

Atlanta region: 209,235
Cherokee: 6,202 
Clayton: 12,827 
Cobb: 32,772 
DeKalb: 28,797 
Douglas: 3,842 
Fayette: 3,948 
Fulton: 77,418 
Gwinnett: 34,466 
Henry: 6,042 
Rockdale: 2,921 

Coastal region: 58,741
Bryan: 1,083 
Bulloch: 4,436 
Camden: 1,307 
Chatham: 39,025 E
ffingham: 2,386 
Glynn: 5,566 
Liberty: 4,306 
Long: 107 
McIntosh: 202 
Screven: 324 

Northwest region: 25,844
Bartow: 4,206 
Catoosa: 1,290 
Chattooga: 583 
Dade: 305 
Fannin: 640 
Floyd: 3,450 
Gilmer: 678 
Gordon: 2,236 
Haralson: 584 
Murray: 901 
Paulding: 2,212 
Pickens: 736 
Polk: 1,016 
Walker: 1,330 
Whitfield: 5,677 

Georgia Mountains region: 20,823
Banks: 351 
Dawson: 725 
Forsyth: 6,200 
Franklin: 792 
Habersham: 1,225 
Hall: 7,275 
Hart: 604 
Lumpkin: 713 
Rabun: 446 
Stephens: 777 
Towns: 323 
Union: 680 
White: 712 

Middle Georgia: 18,540
Baldwin: 1,264 
Bibb: 8,898 
Crawford: 134 
Houston: 4,726 
Jones: 423 
Monroe: 677
Peach: 866
Pulaski: 264
Putnam: 536
Twiggs: 196
Wilkinson: 557

Central Savannah River Area: 17,939
Burke: 780
Columbia: 3,329
Glascock: 47
Hancock: 146
Jenkins: 140
McDuffie: 599
Taliaferro: 25
Warren: 142
Washington: 2,980
Wilkes: 270
Richmond: 8,698
Jefferson: 648
Lincoln: 134

Northeast Georgia region: 17,726
Barrow: 1,683
Clarke: 5,409
Elbert: 693
Greene: 535
Jackson: 2,204
Jasper: 233
Madison: 394
Morgan: 694
Newton: 2,647
Oconee: 1,072
Oglethorpe: 195
Walton: 1,967
Southern Georgia: 16,439
Atkinson: 202 
Bacon: 351 
Ben Hill: 553 
Berrien: 346 
Brantley: 426 
Brooks: 277 
Charlton: 177 
Clinch: 199 
Coffee: 1,483 
Cook: 341 
Echols: 43 
Irwin: 181 
Lanier: 133
Lowndes: 4,244 
Pierce: 394 
Tift: 1,639 
Turner: 222 
Ware: 5,229

Three Rivers: 16,359 
Butts: 575 
Carroll: 3,581 
Coweta: 3,733 
Heard: 200 
Lamar: 360 
Meriwether: 505 
Pike: 316 
Spalding: 1,994 
Troup: 4,534 
Upson: 562 

Heart of Georgia Altamaha: 13,917
Appling: 616 
Bleckley: 256 
Candler: 279 
Dodge: 456 
Emanuel: 605 
Evans: 390 
Jeff Davis: 3,502 
Johnson: 165 
Laurens: 1,627 
Montgomery: 177 
Tattnall: 906 
Telfair: 292 
Toombs: 1,047 
Treutlen: 118 
Wayne: 3,203 
Wheeler: 120 
Wilcox: 156 

River Valley: 12,871
Chattahoochee: 1,045 
Clay: 51 
Crisp: 712
Dooly: 324 
Harris: 515 
Macon: 263 
Marion: 129 
Muscogee: 7,708 
Quitman: 35 
Randolph: 179 
Schley: 95 
Stewart: 108 
Sumter: 1,371 
Talbot: 83 
Taylor: 208 
Webster: 44 

Southwest Ga.: 10,786
Baker: 53 
Calhoun: 107 
Colquitt: 1,204 
Decatur: 724 
Dougherty: 3,863 
Early: 499 
Grady: 566 
Lee: 596 Miller: 155 
Mitchell: 595 
Seminole: 211 
Terrell: 235 
Thomas: 1,649 
Worth: 329
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