“Many exporters have been shaken by the nation’s trade tussles and the uncertainty about foreign markets has made many companies hesitant to invest, expand and hire. That can move the needle in either direction.”
– Kim Wallace, Executive Vice President in the Atlanta Journal Constitution
U.S. trade tensions have hurt many factories that produce goods for export, but some niche Georgia factories are still hard at work. Compared to 1990, when manufacturing supplied 17.5% of Georgia jobs, today it is half that. Some predict a rebound as an extended economic boom continues to drive national unemployment rates to historic lows.