Showing posts with label columbus georgia. Show all posts
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Monday, November 30, 2020

Pandemic-related job losses concentrated in Georgia’s 11 largest counties

All of Georgia’s 11 largest counties, as measured by employment size, saw significant drops over the first six months of 2020. Combined, the 11 counties recorded a net job decline of 10.2%. (-278,502 jobs). 

From June 2019 to June 2020, employment in the 11 counties dropped by 8.8% as a 1.6% increase in employment during the second half of 2019 was more than offset by the sharp declines in the first half of 2020. At the end of June, the 11 counties recorded a combined jobs total of 2,438,044, about the same level as at the end of June 2015. 

The job losses over the first half of 2020 were greater in those 11 largest counties than in the other 148 counties in the state. Georgia’s 148 other counties saw jobs decline by 6% (-112,924) in the first six months of 2020. Over the past 12 months, the 148 counties together reported job declines of 4.3% (-78,656). 

Statewide, Georgia recorded a drop of 8.5% (-391,426) jobs in the first six months of 2020 after a 1.7% increase (77,209 jobs) in the last six months of 2019. As of June, the state recorded a total of 4,196,040 jobs. 

County-level employment for Georgia’s 11 largest counties 

Clayton County, in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, MSA, recorded the largest drop over the first six months of 2020, down 22.7%; a loss of 28,498 jobs. The county is home to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and a portion of the county’s private sector employment is tied to the travel industry, which has felt much of the impact of travel restrictions related to the pandemic.

Forsyth County, a fast-growing suburban county located north of Atlanta and also in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, MSA, recorded the small employment percentage decline at 5.3%, a loss of 4,163 jobs. 

Job losses were not confined to large counties in the Atlanta area. Chatham County, part of the Savannah, GA, metropolitan statistical area, recorded a 9.6% net loss (-15,673) in the first half of 2020. 

Richmond County, part of the Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC, MSA, reported a 7.8% loss (-8.274). In the Columbus, GA-AL MSA, Muscogee County showed a loss of 6.7% (-6,535), and in the Macon-Bibb County, GA, MSA, Bibb County reported a loss of 7.2% (-6,007). 

Weekly wages 

The average weekly wage in the 11 counties declined by 1.2% over the first six months of 2020 to $1059.91. The overall decline was less than for the state as a whole, which saw the average weekly wage dropping by 1.3% to $1075. 

Over the 12 months ending in June, total payrolls in Georgia declined by 4% ($2.4 billion).

Employment information comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program that publishes a quarterly count of employment and wages reported by employers covering more than 95 percent of U.S. jobs, available at the county, MSA, state and national levels by industry. Employment and average weekly wage data in Georgia were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and efforts to contain it. Percentage may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Georgia Labor Day 2020 by the Numbers

Georgia Private Sector Nonfarm Jobs, January 2019 - July 2020

Statewide employment 

Number of private sector nonfarm jobs in Georgia in July 2020: 3,734.000 

Number of private sector nonfarm jobs in Georgia in July 2019: 3,922,300 

Change from a year ago: - 188,300


Number of public sector jobs in Georgia in July 2020: 657,700 

Number of public sector jobs in Georgia in July 2019: 664,600 

Change from a year ago: - 6,900 

Statewide unemployment 

Initial claims 

Number of people filing for Georgia unemployment insurance benefits in the week ending August 22, 2020: 56,758 

Number of initial claims for the same week in 2019: 4,440 

Change from a year ago: + 52,318 

Insured unemployment 

Number of people receiving Georgia unemployment benefits in the week ending August 15, 2020: 553,713 

Number of people receiving benefits for the same week in 2019: 25,549 

Change from a year ago: + 528,164


Statewide costs for unemployment insurance benefits 

Amount of regular Georgia UI benefits paid in the past 24 weeks: + $3 billion 

Amount paid in the previous 7 years combined: $2.852 billion


Georgia metro areas private sector nonfarm jobs

(As of July 2020 / Change from July 2019)

Albany: 48,200 / - 2,400 

Athens-Clarke County: 67,100 / - 1,500 

Atlanta metro area (Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell): 2,381.800 / - 134,800 

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC: 182,800 / - 13,500 

Brunswick: 30,200 / -6,400 

Columbus, GA-AL: 93,000 / - 5,300 

Dalton: 55,600 / - 3,800 

Gainesville: 79,800 / - 3,000 

Hinesville: 13,400 / + 200 

Macon-Bibb County: 83,600 / -5,100 

Rome: 35,900 / - 300 

Savannah: 152,200 / - 10,300 

Valdosta: 42,900 / - 400 

Warner Robins: 44,600 / - 5,100


Inflation in the Atlanta metro area (Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell)

(Percentage change in retail prices for the 12 months ending in June 2020)

All Items: + 0.9% 

Food: + 4.3% 

Housing: + 2.3% 

Electricity: - 14.3%               

New vehicle: + 2.4% 

Used cars and trucks: - 1.9%

 Gasoline: - 25.4%


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Columbus, Georgia, employment problems larger than Fort Benning

When Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler boasted about Georgia’s job performance in June, he wasn’t thinking about the Columbus, Georgia, area.

While Georgia has added 121,600 jobs over the past 12 months, the Columbus area has added only 500 net new jobs, resulting in an increase of 0.4%. This compares with increases of 2.8% statewide and 1.8% for the nation.

At the same time, the Columbus area’s unemployment rate of 6.6% far exceeds the state’s 5.6% rate (not seasonally adjusted) and the nation’s 5.1% rate.

With the drawdown of soldiers at Fort Benning, some are focusing on this event as the reason for the Columbus area’s poor job numbers. 

The loss of soldiers and their families in the Columbus area will have an impact, but Columbus’s employment problems well preceded recent decisions by the Army.

Columbus has shown almost flat growth since the end of the recession in June 2009. Over that seven-year time period, the area has added only 4,000 net new jobs, fewer than 600 new jobs each year.

More than 40% of them (1,700) came in the relatively low paying leisure and hospitality sector.

Since June 2015, the Columbus area has seen net job losses in the mining, logging, and construction sector, as well as in manufacturing, financial activities, and the professional and business services industries. 

In comparison, while Columbus’s job growth rose by 0.4% over these past 12 months, the Atlanta area expanded by 2.7% and the Savannah area job market has shot ahead by rising 4.1%.

One area where the differences are obvious is in professional and business services. This industry that includes companies performing professional, scientific, and technical activities for others has been one of the Atlanta area’s fastest growing industries.

Over this past year, the sector expanded by 13,900 new jobs, rising 2.9%. In the Savannah area, the growth was even more pronounced as the smaller metro area added 1,900 jobs for growth rate of 10%.

In contrast, Columbus lost a net of 200 jobs over the same 12 month-period.

Even the banking and insurance sector has seen a decline with the Columbus area shedding 100 jobs in this sector. This is particularly remarkable given the area's traditional strength in financial activities, which includes insurance carriers and banks.

While the drawdown at Fort Benning will be a blow to the area’s future, it may prove to be a benefit to the Columbus area if it focuses local leaders on the larger problems they are facing with a stagnant economy even as other parts of the state and the nation are showing significant employment progress.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Whistleblower allegations leads to Columbus Regional paying $35 million settlement

A whistleblower's allegations of fraud by Columbus Regional Health has led the healthcare corporation agreeing to pay $35 million to settle fraud claims brought by the federal and Georgia government. 

Columbus Regional Healthcare System, John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus Radiation Oncology Center, Regional Oncology LLC, and Dr. Andrew W. Pippas are all defendants in the court case. Richard Barker was the whistleblower who brought the fraud allegations to the governments' attention.

In the agreement filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the defendants will pay $25 million and up to a maximum of $35 million to settle claims under the False Claims Act.

Richard Barker, as the whistleblower in the case, will receive 15% of the initial $10 million settlement with additional payments still to be negotiated between the governments and Mr. Barker.

The government alleged that the health care institutions falsely billed fees higher than were supported by documentation in the patients’ medical records between May 2006 and May 2013. Submission of claims to Medicare, Medicaid, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB), and TRICARE for Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) treatments did not qualify to be billed as IMRT during the period from July 15, 2010 through 2012. In addition, the government claims that CRHS made improper salary and medical directorship payments to Dr. Pippas resulting in improper claims to Medicaid and Medicare for reimbursement between 2003 and 2013.

The initial $10 million will be paid immediately with an additional $15 million plus interest to be paid over five years. In addition, the defendants have agreed to pay 1.5% of all annual net patient revenues that exceed $445 million between fiscal years 2016 through 2020.  The defendants will also pay all annual earnings that exceed $3.3 million from the joint venture of TMC with HealthSouth Corporation known as the Rehabilitation Hospital of Phenix City LLC. Total recovery shall not exceed $35 million.

In making these payments, the defendants did not admit any liability.

Columbus Regional Health describes itself as established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization with roots going back to 1836. It refers to itself as "the region's health care leader offering compassionate care and an unwavering commitment to the residents of the region."

Case 4:12-cv-00108-CDL Document 112 Filed 09/04/15