Thomasville's Economy Remains Stable

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

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.


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  • by ga. boy Location: tville on Jun 9, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    unemployment rate would be alot lower if the companies in THOMAS county would stop hiring illegal mexicans..........look around you and wake up!!!!!
  • by Franklin on Jun 9, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    Of course it's stable; reasonably so in these times. They don't have a city government that is beholding to insatiable tax $$$ appetites like our Tallahassee city government. Their electric rates are half of ours, the property taxes less than two thirds and the daily cost of living purchases are less. Even with the Georgia state income tax, it's cheaper to live in Thomasville. Tallahassee's biggest problem is our city commission.
  • by Jon Location: Thomasville on Jun 8, 2011 at 04:12 PM
    SOUTHWESTERN STATE HOSPITAL IS STILL AT RISK FOR CLOSURE Southwestern State Hospital (SWSH) has a sister hospital in Rome, Georgia called Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital (NWGRH). Abruptly and without conferring with the community, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) announced that the hospital in Rome would close as of June 30, 2011. The announcement occurred on January 13, 2011. Subsequently the date for closure of Rome’s hospital was moved to September 30, 2011. Various communities in our region benefit from having SWSH open and serving the needs of mentally ill individuals. These communities must be proactive if the wish is for Southwestern State Hospital to remain open. Southwest Georgia can ill-afford to lose these services. Community leaders should partner with DBHDD to plan productive steps to benefit the individuals served by the hospital and the hospital employees.
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