Georgia Exports on the Rise

Despite an economic slump over the past few years, Georgia's export industry is on the rise.

In 2003, Georgia moved from the 15th largest exporting state in the country to number 14. More than 252,000 jobs were created throughout the state and the city of Thomasville is no exception.

As vice-president of a computer and electronics sales company, Jay Fletcher feels he has plenty to look forward to.

"We have stores in Thomasville and Tallahassee and both stores have seen a substantial increase over the last year," says Jay.

In 2003, Georgia's exports totaled $16.3 billion, an increase of 13 percent since 2002. Georgia is now the nation's 14th largest exporting state, and Jay Fletcher is at the forefront of the business boom.

In 2003, computers and electronic products were named one of the state's top export industries. People who work in the field say in order to keep up with the changes in technology, having a computer is necessary.

"We have a huge database that we just couldn't possibly keep track of, all of our calls we'd have to make, our customers and the different needs they have, just everything without the computers," says Lynn Davis, Telesales Manager.

Other important exports from Georgia include transportation equipment and chemicals. Altogether, these industries have accounted for more than 250,000 jobs in the Peach State last year.

Business owners say if sales continue to grow this could bring an end to the state's economic slump. Georgia's top three export markets in 2003 remained the same as they've been for the last few years, Canada, Japan and Mexico.

While Georgia's exports increased 13 percent since 2002, the entire country's only went up four percent.