Southwestern State Hospital is Thomasville's third largest employer. Several years back, talks of shutting its doors almost became a reality -- a move that would have cut hundreds of jobs.
"We're a pretty big operation. We have about 800 employees. We serve about 200 patients at any given time on our campus," says Southwestern State Hospital CEO Hilary Hoo-You.
Thomasville's 8.7 percent unemployment rate is lower than the national average, but despite that number, Chamber of Commerce President Don Sims says the Rose City has still seen its share of down times.
"Construction has been really hit had and real estate is coming back, but those are our critical areas," says Sims.
"I see evidence that we are struggling like other communities, but I feel like Thomasville is doing better than some of the areas surrounding us," says resident Floyd White.
Sims says a senior center's headquarters is being built in the Rose City. He says the development will create more than 200 jobs.
Sims says during the last two years Thomas County gained more than 350 jobs.